Outspoken Chinese-American investor Charles Xue arrested in Beijing over 'prostitution'; Hu Xijin, Global Times chief editor, reveals possibly the true reason

Updated:Sun, Aug 25, 2013 10:12 AM   By Bernd Chang

Xue Manzi,Charles Xue

Charles Xue uses Xue Manzi as nickname on Weibo where he has over 12 million followers. As one of the Big Vs (Big V: Verified Big Names) , his verified identity on Weibo is Angel Investor and one of the campaigners for cracking down on child trafficking.

Chinese-American investor and Weibo celebrity Charles Xue (aka Xue Manzi) was detained in Beijing for 'involvement in prostitution'; Hu Xijin, chief editor of Global Times, appears to disagree with the reason.

 

Chinese-American investor and Weibo celebrity Charles Xue (aka Xue Manzi) has been detained in Beijing for 'suspected involvement in prostitution', Chinanews.com reported on Sunday.

On August 23, with help of a tip from local residents, Beijing police from the Chaoyang District captured Xue along with a 22-year-old woman from Henan Province in a residential compound, the official Weibo of Beijing Public Security Office said.

After questioning, the two confessed to facts of involvement in prostitution. The police department has by law placed the two under administrative detention.

Charles Xue’s Chinese name is Xue Biqun. He uses Xue Manzi as nickname on Weibo where he has over 12 million followers. As one of the Big Vs (Big V: Verified Big Names) on Weibo, his verified identity is Angel Investor and one of the campaigners for cracking down on child trafficking.

Xue is a prominent liberal celebrity on the social network. Born in Guangdong in 1953, Xue is an American citizen. His father Xue Zizheng was a vice minister in China’s central government and died in 1980 at the age of 75.

Is Xue simply arrested for his involvement in prostitution or as result of a retaliation from Chinese government for his outspoken voices? Hu Xijin, the chief editor of nationalist Global Times under People’ Daily Group, gives us some clues through his Weibo comment on this affair:

Hu Xijin comments on Xuemanzi

(We have screenshot of his post in case he may delete his post later)

We can not exclude the possibility that the authority is entrapping Xue Manzi using prostitution as an excuse. It is a hidden rule of all governments worldwide to frame political opponents through sex scandals, tax evasions. So here I remind those enthusiastic in political opposition should keep their buttocks absolutely clean if they go on this path. If you have shortcomings and in the meantime oppose the officials all the time, you will lose the game sooner or later. And I also remind the government to be sure to crack down on the right target, and the process be flawless, otherwise it may backfire.

Xue's arrest comes during a continued crackdown by police in China against "online rumour mongers".

Beijing police have detained Liu Hu, a journalist of popular newspaper Xinkuaibao (News Express Daily) based in Guangzhou, on suspicion of spreading rumors and stirring up trouble in public after he openly alleged in late July that a senior government official was negligent with his public duties, People’s Daily reported on Sunday.

Also today, internet celebrity and news revealer Zhou Lubao was arrested by Suzhou police over spreading rumors online and blackmailing up to several million yuan, Xinjingbao (New Beijing Daily) reported. The report said Zhou Lubao had alleged the Mayor of Lanzhou wore luxury watches which he could not afford based on his salary.

Early this week, Yang Xiuyu (aka Lierchaisi), founder of the Erma Company, and employee Qin Zhihui (aka Qinhuohuo), were arrested by Beijing police for 'fabricating and spreading online rumours' about corruption and 'defaming the image of Lei Feng’.

 

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