Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Chinese tycoon who criticized Xi Jinping's handling of coronavirus jailed for 18 years

  This is what we could see happen if Trump is reelected.  It is the kind of thing Trump would do if he can get away with it.


By Steven Jiang, CNN Business
Updated 9:43 AM ET, Tue September 22, 2020

A Chinese billionaire who criticized President Xi Jinping's handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been jailed for 18 years on corruption charges, a court said Tuesday.
Ren Zhiqiang, a retired real-estate tycoon with close ties to senior Chinese officials, disappeared in March after he allegedly penned a scathing essay that month criticizing Xi's response to the coronavirus epidemic. He was later charged with corruption-related offenses. 


China's court system has a conviction rate of around 99%, according to legal observers, and corruption charges are often used to go after Communist Party insiders who fall afoul of the leadership.

Ren's conviction and heavy sentence appears designed to send a message to other members of the Chinese elite that any public criticism or defiance of Xi will not be tolerated, as Beijing continues to deal with the fallout of the pandemic and faces intense international pressure from Washington and others.


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