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PR firm Edelman says its China chief is missing amid unspecified investigation

Published on Aug 1, 2014 4:00 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - US public relations firm Edelman said on Friday it did not know the whereabouts of its China chief, who has been helping Chinese authorities with an unspecified investigation.

Two sources with knowledge of the matter said Steven Cao had not been seen this week at either the Edelman office in Beijing or that of its subsidiary, Pegasus Public Relations Consulting. Mr Cao is chief executive of Edelman's China arm and also runs Pegasus.

Mr Cao co-founded Pegasus, along with celebrity news anchor Rui Chenggang and another partner. Mr Rui was detained in July amid a broader corruption investigation into state TV network CCTV, where he hosts a popular financial news programme. "We have not been in contact with Steven, so we don't have any further information about Steven's whereabouts," Edelman said in a statement.

Mr Cao was "cooperating with authorities on the investigation", it said, repeating a comment it made last week, without elaborating.

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