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Kai-fu Lee

Kai-fu Lee is a Chinese venture capitalist and popular microblogger best known for his role as founding president of Google China. He has also held high-technology executive positions at Apple, SGI and Microsoft. Born on December 3, 1961, Lee went on to create the world's first speaker-independent, continuous speech recognition system as his Ph.D. thesis at Carnegie Mellon. In 2009 he co-founded Innovation Works, a venture capital fund for Chinese internet start-ups.

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Party publication sets sights on ex-Google China chief Lee Kai-fu

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 October, 2013, 3:10am

A Communist Party propaganda magazine has posted an op-ed online questioning the claim by one of the country's most widely followed weibo commentators - former Google China chief Lee Kai-fu - that he has cancer.

The commentary, which was posted on Dangjian magazine's website this week, comes amid a crackdown on internet speech.

It consists largely of a series of questions that appear phrased to cast doubt on Lee's integrity and remind readers about his ties to the United States.

The piece is attributed to self-proclaimed current affairs commentator Zhou Xiaoping , who called into question Lee's disclosure last month that he is suffering from lymphoma.

"China now has very advanced testing devices," Zhou wrote. "So if you dare to prove you really are suffering from cancer, why don't we let 20 internet users escort to you the best hospital on the mainland to take a public test? Then it will all be crystal-clear."

Zhou drew a comparison with the case of Charles Xue Biqun , a prominent online commentator recently detained on suspicion of patronising prostitutes. Xue, who is better known by his internet penname Xue Manzi , was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago.

"[Without a test], it would be very hard to guarantee whether you are following in the footsteps of Xue Manzi," Zhou wrote.

Wang Zhaohui , a spokesman for Innovation Works, the business incubator and venture capital fund Lee founded, declined to comment. Wang has said Lee is in Taiwan to receive treatment for numerous tumours in his abdominal area.

The article in Dangjian, which is overseen by the Communist Party's Publicity Department, came amid a nationwide effort to rein in influential online opinion makers and crack down on internet "rumour mongers".

Lee has more than 51 million followers on Sina Weibo. Xue has more than 11 million.

The article also alluded to some ties between Lee, a Taiwan native, and the United States, where he studied and worked.

"What exactly is your relationship with the US?" it asked.

Yesterday's article stirred debate on mainland blogs, with some internet users calling on Lee to come clean and others dismissing the article as "pure propaganda material for the party".

 

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hkhk
What disgraceful speculation.
fearonjones
only the Party is allowed to spread rumours.... tut, tut
peter.lui.581
Only a narcissist such as KFL will fake cancer in order to get more eyeballs.
The fact that Big Brothers are increasingly vigilants towards his 'blogs' may also prompted the guys to 'get out of Dodge'.
Any rationale human being will seek the best cancer treatment money can buy, the United States.
Given his choice of 'convalescing' in Taiwan, one has to beckon the veracity of such alleged ailment; something I pointed out to fellow Googlers when it was first 'announced'!!!
peter.lui.581
Only a narcissist such as KFL will fake cancer in order to get more eyeballs.
The fact that Big Brothers are increasingly vigilants towards his 'blogs' may also prompted the guys to 'get out of Dodge'.
Any rationale human being will seek the best cancer treatment money can buy, the United States.
Given his choice of 'convalescing' in Taiwan, one has to beckon the veracity of such alleged ailment; something I pointed out to fellow Googlers when it was first 'announced'!!!
peter.lui.581
Obvious propaganda aside, the REAL issue here is whether Mr. Lee 'fake' his illness, just to 'lay low' due to all the scrutiny by PRC authorities.
Knowing KFL as I do, 'getting out of Dodge' is JUST the kind of antics he is fully capable of pulling!
peter.lui.581
If anyone will go through this: I HAVE CANCER thing, KFL will be the kind of narcissist whom first come to my mind!!!!!!

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