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AFP
September 23, 2020

Chinese tycoon jailed

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AFP
September 23, 2020

BEIJING: A Chinese tycoon who called President Xi Jinping a clown and criticised his handling of the coronavirus outbreak was jailed for 18 years on Tuesday for corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds. Ren Zhiqiang -- once among the ruling Communist Party´s inner circle -- disappeared from the public eye in March, shortly after penning an essay that lambasted Xi´s pandemic response.