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According to her ex-husband and former business partner, a Chinese entrepreneur who made deals with some of China’s most powerful officials and their families briefly surfaced after missing four years.
Duan Weihong’s business dealings with Zhang Beili, the wife of former prime minister Wen Jiabao, became the subject of the new book Desmond Shen, Scheduled for publication on Tuesday.
Shen told the U.S. National Public Radio On the eve of the book’s release, he received two phone calls from Duan. Her English name is also Whitney.
According to Shen, Duan said she was “provisionally released” and asked him to cancel the publication Red roulette, Has been extensively reviewed in the past week.
“She said they could bring her back anytime,” Shen added. She believes that Duan was “detained at home” and her behavior is still strictly controlled by the Chinese authorities.
Duan also talked to the 12-year-old son of the former couple, who lived with his father in the UK and was only 8 years old when he disappeared in September 2017.
In an interview with the Financial Times on August 30, Mr. Shen said that he hoped that this book would force the Chinese authorities to confirm the whereabouts of Duan.
He added that a well-connected friend in Beijing warned him, “They won’t let her come out alive”-or will only leave her in a vegetative state. “When I heard the news, I was shocked,” Shum said. “This sentence keeps circulating in my mind.”
In addition to dealing with the Wen family, Duan was also closely related to Sun Zhengcai, the youngest member of the Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo and possible successor to President Xi Jinping, until he was arrested on suspicion of corruption in July 2017.
It is now widely expected that Xi Jinping will take unprecedented Third semester At the end of next year, he will serve as the party’s 20th General Secretary.
Shum said that Zhang usually holds 30% of the shares in the projects and investments she helped him and Duan get. Wen He Zhang, who Duan Heshen kindly called them “aunts”, has never been accused of doing anything wrong.
It is unclear who has been in control of the segment. Although it is common for senior Chinese business and politicians to go missing for a long time during party or national security investigations, their detention is usually confirmed by the party’s Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection or the prosecutors and courts handling their cases.
In July 2017, Xiao Jianhua, a financier with ties to senior party officials, was Kidnapped According to people familiar with the matter, he was taken from the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong by Chinese public security officers and crossed the border. Xiao’s whereabouts remains a mystery.