Chinese tycoon and Xi critic jailed for 18 years for corruption

Beijing (AFP) Sept 22, 2020
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.
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