“A Chinese property tycoon is missing after criticizing Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that originated in the country in December, the New York Times reported Saturday.
Ren Zhiqiang, known as ‘The Cannon,’ in the past has been one of the most prominent critics of Xi. Saturday morning his friends reported him missing, according to the Times.
‘We’re very worried about him,’ Wang Ying, a retired entrepreneur and friend of Mr. Ren’s told the Times. ‘I will continue to look for him.’
His disappearance comes amid a campaign from the Chinese state to eliminate criticism of the government…
This was not the first time Ren has been on the Communist Party’s radar: In 2016, the party put Ren on a year’s probation for denouncing Xi’s propaganda policies in comments online. He has also reportedly previously been banned from leaving the country and forced to delete his social media accounts because of his frustration with the government’s authoritarian policies.”