2 ad­mit writ­ing against the State

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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.

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