Guo Wengui Speaks With VOA China Service
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Interpol issued a "red notice" Wednesday for the arrest of billionaire and Communist Party critic Guo Wengui but gave no details of his alleged crimes.
"What we understand is that Interpol has already issued a red notice' for criminal suspect Guo Wengui," foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters.
The comments came as VOA's Mandarin service aired a live interview with Guo, who had previously said he would provide details about corruption involving Chinese leaders.
Chinese officials had expressed concerns to VOA about the interview before it took place. In the past, Guo has made allegations of secret businesses controlled by senior Chinese leaders or their families. He outlined more details in Wednesday's interview, which have not yet been substantiated.
Guo, who spoke live to VOA for an hour, suggested that the Interpol notice for his arrest was politically motivated and aimed at preventing the interview.
US Defense Secretary Mattis Visits Egypt
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Egypt Thursday, continuing Washington's warming of relations with Cairo during the Trump administration's first 100 days.
Mattis met with Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy and President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, whose White House visit earlier this month was the first by an Egyptian leader since former U.S. President Barack Obama hosted Hosni Mubarak in 2009.
Political upheaval in 2011 ousted Mubarak and started years of turmoil that brought the authoritarian former general Sissi to power.
While in Egypt, Mattis was expected to push the country, which is struggling with political, financial and security issues, to remain tough on counter-terrorism amid a threat in the Sinai Peninsula and even in some urban areas, as shown in the deadly Palm Sunday attacks on Coptic churches in Alexandria and Tanta conducted by Islamic State militants.