A 78-year-old American citizen has been sentenced to life in prison by a Chinese court on spying charges. According to a statement on the court’s social media account, John Shing-Wan Leung, who is also a Hong Kong permanent resident, was convicted of espionage and given a life sentence today by the Intermediate People’s Court in the eastern city of Suzhou. Leung was detained on April 15, 2021, by state security authorities in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, according to the brief statement, which did not provide details on his charges. The court also confiscated his personal property worth $71,797.Leung is among a growing number of foreign nationals to have been ensnared in China’s widening crackdown on espionage under leader Xi Jinping.

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