Chinese-American billionaire blogger arrested in China on 'sex charges'
BEIJING (AFP) - China has arrested Chinese-American billionaire blogger Charles Xue, who has attracted 12 million followers with his reform-minded comments, for suspected involvement in prostitution, police said on Sunday, as Beijing steps up controls on web users.
Venture capitalist Xue, one of the country's most popular bloggers, was detained by Beijing police on Friday evening.
His arrest comes as authorities have been stepping up controls on the country's freewheeling web users in recent weeks.
Billionaire Xue is an avid blogger who posted his last message on China's hugely popular Twitter-like Sina Weibo microblog site at 5.41pm on Friday, hours before he was detained.