Links for Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Notable China news from around the web.

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China’s richest woman received Cypriot citizenship on October 23, 2018, according to documents leaked to Al Jazeera, which the broadcaster is calling “The Cyprus Papers.” Yáng Huìyán 杨惠妍, who is worth over $28 billion and inherited ownership of the Guangdong property developer Country Garden from her father, could be in danger of losing her Chinese citizenship as a result, because China does not recognize dual citizenships. For more, see the Al Jazeera report and an SCMP article focusing on the China pieces of the revelations:

New details about the effort to remove Guō Wénguì 郭文贵 from his exiled, tweeting perch in New York were revealed in a lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Sūn Lìjūn 孙力军, China’s then-vice minister of public security, met in a hotel suite in Shenzhen in May 2017 with Elliott Broidy, a venture capitalist and, at the time, national deputy finance chairman of the [Republican National Committee], according to the document. At Mr. Sun’s request, Mr. Broidy agreed to seek to use his influence with the Trump administration to advocate for the removal of Guo Wengui, a Chinese businessman living in New York, the document said…

The meeting in Shenzhen was orchestrated by Jho Low, a Malaysian businessman who is the alleged mastermind of a multi-billion dollar fraud at a Malaysian development fund called 1Malaysia Development Bhd., or 1MDB, according to the document, which doesn’t name Mr. Low but provides details that identify him.

The effort to extract Guo did not end in success, though how that played out, the WSJ reported in October 2017, was a “caper worthy of [a] spy thriller.” Guo continues to allege special knowledge of Chinese corruption (while rarely going into much detail) and call for the overthrow of the Chinese Communist Party from abroad, often engaging in activism alongside his now-arrested friend Steve Bannon.

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