2 admit writing against the State
Taiwan resident Lee Ming-che and Chinese mainland resident Peng Yuhua pleaded guilty on Sept 11 to subversion in a court in Hunan province. The two confessed to inciting subversion of State power by writing and spreading information that distorted facts and created hostility toward the Chinese government and political system on social media between 2012 and 2016, according to a statement by the province’s Yueyang Intermediate People’s Court. Lee, 42, testified that he had been misled by Western and Taiwan media and had an incorrect perception of development on the mainland. The indictment said Peng set up a chat group called liang’an lianshou — or “join hands across the Straits” — via QQ, an instant messaging tool, in May 2012. It featured attacks on the Chinese mainland’s social system. Four months later, Peng invited Lee to the group after Lee shared some of the information Peng posted. Their lawyers requested lenient punishment because of the pair’s good attitude in admitting the offense, and because both defendants expressed remorse.