The Washington Post
On Friday, the New York Times took Mr. Wen at his word and published an eye-opening exposé that revealed that members of his family control assets of some $2.7 billion, including interests in banks, jewelers, tourist resorts, telecommunications companies and infrastructure projects, some of it held in offshore entities. The article marks yet another startling glimpse into how China’s leading families, many of them descended from Mao’s generation, have used their power to become fabulously wealthy. The ouster of Bo Xilai as boss of Chongqing and the subsequent prosecutions in an alleged graft and murder scandal provided another showcase example this year.
As soon as the Times article was published, China’s Internet censors forgot about Mr. Wen’s desire for more openness. China blocked both the English and Mandarin Web sites of the Times so that hundreds of millions of its citizens could not read the account online. To Read More…..
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