Apple Daily publisher Jimmy Lai Chee-ying has met US National Security Adviser John Bolton in Washington DC, Bloomberg reports.
After earlier meetings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence, "this is meant to send a signal to Beijing. Very unusual for a nongovt visitor to get that kind of access,'' the State Department reporter for Bloomberg, Nicholas Wadhams tweeted.
Lai is the founder of Next Digital Media, which owns the Apple Daily.
On Tuesday, the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it has lodged solemn representations with the U.S. Consulate General after Pence and Pompeo met with Lai. A statement said: “The U.S. is well aware of who Lai Chee-ying is, what his stance is and what role he plays in the Hong Kong society. At the current sensitive period in Hong Kong, top U.S. officials lining up to meet with such a person have ulterior motives and sends a serious wrong signal.”