China Hunting Down Billionaire

It’s official. China is on the hunt for an extravagant Chinese billionaire who is threatening to expose corruption at the highest levels of the ruling Communist Party. The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that upon China’s request, Interpol has issued a “red notice” on Guo Wengui. The real estate developer is now a target for arrest subject to extradition.

Because the United States does not have an extradition treaty-agreement with China, Guo is believed to be hiding there. The often-flamboyant billionaire frequents President Donald Trump’s resort in Mar-a-Lago.

The billionaire caught the public’s attention when he began leaking dirt on China’s elite families to foreign media. He claims to have troves of evidence that would decimate the image of China’s most powerful.

Citing anonymous sources, the South China Morning Post reported that he is wanted in connection with former state security vice-minister Ma Jian. Guo is believed to have bribed the former spy with 60 million yuan ($8.72 million).

Guo claims it’s all an elaborate witch hunt run by China to keep the world from knowing its dirty secrets, and that they have used “terror tactics” against him and his family.

Recently, he was scheduled to appear on Voice of America for an interview that would have been streamed to YouTube. That interview was mysteriously cut short.

Before he was cut off he said, “If they weren’t so corrupt, they wouldn’t be so scared of me.”

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Editor-in-Chief Andrew Burke is a lifelong aficionado of all things Chinese. He studied Mandarin while living in Taiwan for six years and now works as a digitization specialist at the Yenching Library, which specializes in Asian books and documents, at Harvard University where he also studies topics related to China, Chinese, Asia and foreign affairs.