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Critic of China’s president sentenced to 18 years in prison on corruption charges

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Critic of China’s president sentenced to 18 years in prison on corruption chargesBEIJING — The former chairman of a Chinese state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus crisis was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday on corruption charges, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who became known for speaking up about censorship and other sensitive topics, disappeared from public view in March after publishing an essay online that accused Xi of mishandling the outbreak that began in December in the central city of Wuhan. Xi, China’s top leader since 2012, has suppressed criticism, tightened censorship and cracked down on unofficial organizations. Dozens of journalists, labor and human rights activists...
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Ren Zhiqiang disappeared from public view in March after criticising Xi Jinping's handling of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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