Charles Xue

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. 

Four months after prostitution arrest, influential investor Charles Xue remains uncharged

Chinese-American venture capitalist Xue attends a meeting at the 2013 China Internet Conference in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Chinese-American investor and influential blogger Charles Xue Biqun is yet to be charged by state prosecutors, four months after he was detained by police in a Beijing prostitution bust, Chinese media reported this week.

Monday, 13 January, 2014, 2:48pm 2 comments

Chinese social media celebrity Lu Chao, 24, dies of leukaemia

A photo by Lu Chao shared on her microblog.

Lu Chao - the 24-year old woman who documented her experience with leukaemia on her microblog and triggered a social media campaign - has died on Thursday in Beijing.

25 Sep 2013 - 5:50pm 1 comment

Outspoken investor Wang Gongquan detained by police amid widening crackdown

Wang seen in an undated photo shared on Sina Weibo.

Wang Gongquan, a prominent Chinese venture capitalist and close friend of arrested rights activist Xu Zhiyong, has been detained by police on Friday at his home in Beijing.

13 Sep 2013 - 10:20pm 1 comment

Beijing aims to silence influential social media voices

Charles Xue

Beijing's clampdown on "rumour-mongers" in recent weeks has led to the detention of commentators from all walks of mainland social media - but it is the influential voices among them that the government wants to silence in order to stem the spread of liberal views.

31 Aug 2013 - 3:53am

China's liberals fight back over spate of 'rumour arrests'

A Chinese woman walks by a troop of policemen near a clothing wholesale mall in Beijing. Photo: AP

The United States did not sack then president Bill Clinton over his alleged affair with an intern in the 1990s. So was China justified in showing on national TV the arrest of outspoken internet celebrity Xue Biqun, better known as Xue Manzi, for visiting a prostitute? After all, it was only his personal business.

28 Aug 2013 - 8:24pm 2 comments

Rush of ‘rumour’ arrests adds to China crackdown fears

Charles Xue Biqun

Police in Shanxi province announced the detention or arrest of more than 60 people and the closure of more than two dozen websites in recent weeks, state media reported. Shanghai police similarly said they had arrested some 170 people accused of posting online rumours so far this year.

27 Aug 2013 - 12:42pm 1 comment

Outspoken celebrity blogger’s arrest triggers online debate

Photo shows Xue Manzi, a Chinese Internet celebrity, speaking during China Internet Conference 2013 in Beijing earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua

The detention of an outspoken social media celebrity on Friday has triggered fears among supporters that the bust was a government attempt to discredit him amid a campaign to rein in public opinion.

26 Aug 2013 - 9:49pm

Outspoken Chinese American investor Charles Xue detained in Beijing 'prostitution bust'

Charles Xue in an undated photo. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Famous Chinese-American angel investor and social media celebrity Charles Xue has been detained in Beijing for suspected involvement in prostitution, the Beijing police said on Sunday. 

26 Aug 2013 - 2:59pm 1 comment

Chinese police detain internet celebrity, journalist in new crackdown

Charles Xue Biqun

Charles Xue Biqun, a venture capitalist better known by his alias Xu Manzi , was held on Friday along with a young woman for suspected involvement in prostitution, Beijing police said via their official weibo social media account.

27 Aug 2013 - 12:56pm 24 comments

Beijing police detain online 'rumour-mongers' in veiled warning to liberal opinion leaders

Screen shot of CCTV report on the arrest of Qin Zhihui, one of the suspects detained in a crackdown on "online rumour-mongering." Photo: SCMP Pictures

In a unusually well-publicised police operation, Chinese state media reported on Wednesday that Beijing police have detained and launched criminal investigations into four people in an attempt to “eradicate the breeding ground for internet rumours”.

24 Aug 2013 - 1:17pm 5 comments

Who are the top movers and shakers of Chinese social media?

Who are the top movers and shakers of Chinese social media?

Under internet celebrities, while the majority on the list are entertainers, Sina's use of a formula instead of follower counts alone presents an interesting mix of top tweeters.

27 Aug 2013 - 12:56pm