China targets father of Olympic figure skater Alysa Liu: DOJ
Alysa Liu of the United States performs during the Figure Skating Women’s Free Skating Free Skating of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb.
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The Justice Department will charge Chinese government agents with campaigns to intimidate critics living in the United States, including the father of an Olympic figure skater, in new criminal charges expected to be officially announced on Wednesday, it has been reported. NBC News.
The Department of Justice has scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. to detail the allegations and charges.
NBC News, citing officials familiar with the case, reported that there were three separate alleged attempts by Chinese government agents targeting critics in the United States.
Among them was Arthur Liu – the father of Olympic figure skater Alysa Liu – who is a lawyer and political activist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alysa Liu, 16, a two-time United States champion, competed for Team USA at the Beijing Winter Games.
While living in China, Arthur Liu helped organize pro-democracy protests there, according to NBC.
A second target of intimidation was an unidentified Democratic candidate for Congress from Long Island in New York. The candidate’s name is not revealed in court documents.
That candidate appears to be Xiong Yan, a retired US Army chaplain who participated in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing.
Yan is seeking the Democratic nomination for New York’s 1st District seat in the House of Representatives this year.
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