The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — An elusive overseas billionaire who for months publicly threatened to expose high-level corruption in China’s ruling Communist Party was named in an Interpol arrest notice before he appeared live on a U.S. broadcaster, which abruptly cut off the interview just as he hinted at his allegations.
Guo Wengui gave a Chinese-language interview with the U.S.-government-funded Voice of America for about 80 minutes late Wednesday before the hosts cut short the program, which was to be three hours. The cutoff raised heckles from VoA’s online audience and questions about Chinese political interference behind the scenes, which the broadcaster denied.
The interview was less than six hours after Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang announced that Interpol had issued a “red notice” seeking Guo’s arrest. Lu gave no details about Guo’s alleged crimes, but The South China Morning Post reported that he is suspected of bribing a disgraced top intelligence official.
A real estate tycoon, Guo disappeared from public view in 2014 but resurfaced in recent months, claiming in interviews with overseas Chinese media and in a stream of Twitter posts that he held damning evidence about elite corruption and would expose it for the good of China.Speech