The Beijing government has surprisingly released Singapore Straits Times Hong Kong reporter Ching Cheong today, according to the Hong Kong Journalists’ Union.

This comes very much as a surprise and was unexpected, but it is being seen as a goodwill measure by the Chinese government ahead of this week’s Lunar New Year. Mr Ching’s family has not yet commented.

The BBC reports that Mr Ching is now on his way back to Hong Kong and his family.

This is truly great news.


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