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China’s ‘runaway debtors,’ pursued by courts that use wanted posters and rewards to track them down, put a spotlight on the country’s economic struggles

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
lectronic billboards flashing the faces, names and ID numbers of "runaway bosses" in the eastern city of Yixing are a sign of China's deeper economic problems. "Behind every wanted poster on the big screen, there’s the story of a bankrupt factory, a business that’s gone bust or an investment chain that’s collapsed."
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.