søndag 26. juli 2020

Chinese critic who called Xi Jinping a 'clown' ousted from Communist party

An influential former Chinese property executive and critic of President Xi Jinping has been ousted from China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP), according to a notice from the Beijing district government. Ren Zhiqiang, the former chairman of state-controlled property developer Huayuan Real Estate Group, had called Xi a “clown” over a speech he made in February about government efforts to battle the coronavirus.

Ren went missing in March, three of his friends told Reuters at the time. Beijing’s municipal anti-corruption watchdog later said he was under investigation for a “serious disciplinary violation”. In a notice on Thursday night, the watchdog said Ren had been ousted from the CCP because he was in “severe violation of discipline and law”. It accused Ren of “losing faith”; “not being aligned with the party on important matters of principle”; “vilifying the image of party and country” and being disloyal and dishonest to the party.

According to the notice, Ren also used official funds on golf expenses, used office and residential spaces provided for free by businessmen, and unlawfully earned huge profits.