US billionaire held in Chinese blogging crackdown
BEIJING (AP) – Police have detained a Chinese-American venture capitalist on suspicion of visiting a prostitute in Beijing as authorities crack down on bloggers who have posted sensitive material on China’s already heavily restricted Internet.
Charles Xue, who has over 12 million followers on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo, was detained on Friday evening in a Beijing neighborhood along with a woman, according to police and state media on Sunday.
The naturalised American citizen regularly reposts reform-minded content and makes comments on other issues including China’s air quality and food safety.
The People’s Daily on Monday reminded the country’s “big Vs” – popular bloggers whose social media profiles are verified as genuine – that they “should be careful what information they convey ... and use their right to expression responsibly.”