US sanctions on top Hong Kong, China officials sped up arrest of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai is the highest-profile person among the nine men arrested under the national security law.PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG - American sanctions imposed on 11 top Hong Kong and mainland officials accelerated the arrest of the highly vocal anti-China advocate Jimmy Lai and six others under the national security law, political observers said.

Associate Professor Alfred Wu of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy said the arrests come as Hong Kong is caught up in the United States-China tussle.

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