Who would have imagined that a semi-literate farmer from rural Fujian who did not even finish primary school would become the head of a smuggling empire that ended the careers of dozens of officials, China's most infamous fugitive and one of its biggest diplomatic nuisancSaturday, 19 May, 2012, 12:00am
Born in Shaocuo village in Jinjiang, Fujian province, as one of eight children. Receives only three years' formal education and becomes a well digger
197923 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
Amid the diplomatic wrangle over Beijing's calls for Canada to extradite alleged smuggler Lai Changxing , the motive for the pursuit lies in the claim that Lai succeeded in subverting the government of an entire city.20 Feb 2007 - 12:00am
In his heyday, he ran a business empire worth more than US$6 billion, handled half the Marlboro cigarettes sold in China and was bringing in a 10,000-tonne oil tanker every third day free of duty.20 Sep 2005 - 12:00am
In his home town, China's most wanted man is seen as a modern-day Robin Hood who propped up the economy.
News of Lai Changxing's capture was met with disappointment in Jinjiang, north of Xiamen, near Quanzhou. A food seller said: 'He is a hero, a man greater than Jiang Zemin. He shouldn't be executed.'2 Dec 2000 - 12:00am