A bad week for ...
The stellar career of the mayor of Chongqing was plunged into uncertainty when he was reportedly summoned to explain why he led a convoy of armed police 300 kilometres to besiege the US consulate in Chengdu last week in apparent pursuit of his deputy mayor, Wang Lijun. The drama looks set to cast a pall over Huang's political future.
George Tan Soon-gin
The disgraced property tycoon was declared bankrupt after he failed to pay a debt of more than HK$60 million to his long-time foe, Rogerio Lam Sou-fung. The debt arose from a legal fight in which Tan was found to have sold precious Chinese porcelain borrowed from Lam in 1982.
The eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and half-brother of new leader Kim Jong-un was kicked out of the luxury hotel in which he had been living in Macau, apparently over a US$15,000 debt. A Russian newspaper reported that Kim Jong-nam, 40, was evicted after his credit card was cancelled in supposed retaliation for telling a Japanese reporter that hereditary succession 'does not fit socialism and my father was against it'.