The Arrest of Xue Manzi (Charles Xue), A Chinese Popular Blogger
You may or may not be familiar with the name Xue Manzi, but in China and on Chinese social media in particular he is very well known and highly influential.
1. Charles Xue Biqun, is a Chinese-born America entrepreneur and Angel investor, better known by his screen name Xue Manzi. In 1978, Xue was accepted to Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, he entered UC Berkeley in 1980, and he made the acquaintance of Masayoshi Son, Lu Hongliang, and Stan Lai. Before graduating, Xue got the job in New York. After graduating, Xue worked in ThyssenKrupp. In June 1991, Xue returned to Beijing, he founded Unitech with Lu Hongliang and Wang Zuguang. In 2011, Xue founded 8848 Electronic Commerce Network. In 2008, Xue settled back to Beijing with his wife and children. In August 2013, Xue attend a meeting which was convened by Lu Wei,the Chairman of the State Council Information Office.
On 23 August 2013, Xue was arrested for soliciting a prostitute by Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau.
2. The Chinese-American venture capitalist, also known as Charles Xue, is a social commentator with some 12 million followers on the Chinese social media site Weibo.
But Xue Manzi may have become too big for the Chinese government. He was recently arrested on suspicion of soliciting prostitution, but has not yet been formally charged. Many observers are skeptical about his arrest and televised confession, and suspect that the government is mounting a renewed crackdown on online critics and internet celebrities in China.
Brian Spegele, the Beijing reporter for the Wall Street Journal, appeared in the CBC show of Jian Ghomeshi and discussed the arrest of a man he described as rather "mainstream," and argued that the Chinese government may be sending a message to those with popular, verified accounts. "If you are one of the Big V you need to clean up your act," he said.
3. Charles Xue Biqun, also known by his alias Xue Manzi, is a billionaire venture capitalist and one of the most active investors in the Chinese internet industry, having invested in hundreds of internet startup firms. Born in 1953, Xue is the son of a former deputy mayor of Beijing. He studied foreign relations at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a naturalised US citizen. Xue is a leading liberal commenator on the Chinese social media scene, and has participated in or funded many public-interest projects in China in recent years. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011. He was put under administrative detention by Beijing police in late August 2013 for allegedly hiring a prostitute.