Tag Archives: Ren Zhiqiang

China Takes a Shot at ‘Cannon Ren’ Over Anti-Propaganda Tweets

Ren Zhiqiang

Chinese property tycoon and celebrity tweeter Ren Zhiqiang, a critic of President Xi Jinping’s campaign to tighten control over state-run media, delivers a speech to university students in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province, Dec. 17, 2015.

The ruling Chinese Communist Party on Monday announced disciplinary action against freewheeling “big V” tweeter and property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang, for his attacks on online party propaganda. Continue reading

Chinese website publishes, then pulls, explosive letter calling for President Xi’s resignation


Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with media in a press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani after their meeting at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Two weeks after China’s President toured state media offices and called for absolute loyalty from the press, a website with links to the government published an explosive letter asking him to resign “for the future of the country and the people.” Continue reading

China internet: Ren Zhiqiang’s account blocked after Xi criticism

Ren Zhiqiang3

Ren Zhiqiang has more than 30m followers

China has shut down the microblogging accounts of outspoken former property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang after he criticised President Ren Zhiqiang. Continue reading

Ren Zhiqiang says media should work for the people not Party, gets accused of trying to topple CCP

Ren ZhiqiangNever known to hold back his words online, outspoken former tycoon and Weibo celebrity Ren Zhiqiang has once again become the target of state media editorials, following his criticism of President Xi Jinping’s much-publicized media inspection tour on Friday. Continue reading

Ren Zhiqiang: A New Regime, Not a New Country

Published: October 3, 2015

Dissent keeps rolling in, not only from “dissidents.” Over the week-long National Day holidays in China, Ren Zhiqiang (任志強), a high-profile real estate mogul who has earned the nickname “the Cannon” online for his provocative opinions, took aim at the notion of the “New China.” Continue reading