Ren Zhiqiang, an outspoken Chinese tycoon, who in a February essay blamed the Coronavirus outbreak on a Party culture that prioritizes propaganda, flattery toward Xi Jinping, and silences free speech, has himself been silenced. He disappeared last month, joining a growing list of recent whistle-blowers who have gone missing after speaking out.
Last Tuesday, Beijing authorities announced that he has been placed under investigation for “serious violations of discipline and law.” But we shouldn’t be fooled. His disappearance and the system into which he has been placed has nothing to do with the rule of law and everything to do with the institutionalization of enforced disappearances under Xi Jinping.
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