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Li Chengpeng

Who said it?

Somebody came by with a wheelchair but I said, I'm fine. I wanted to finish.

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 3:25am

Social media in China redraws old battle lines between left and right

"P*** off and go abroad" is an insult that writer Li Chengpeng faces every day. Many conservatives want the former soccer commentator to leave the country and don't shy away from telling him so on microblogs or to his face at book readings.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:11am

Former soccer commentator Li Chengpeng makes a political pitch

Li Chengpeng has become a hero for Chinese liberals and a hate figure of leftists over his transformation from sports journalism to social commentary. His recipe for success has been taking the thrill and punditry he learned in sports coverage to the dry arena of China's political debate.

17 Apr 2013 - 8:29am

Liberal writer Li Chengpeng on the parallels of football and politics in China

"A game's result, everyone knows it already. Who is going to appear in the next season, we already know. Who is the enemy, we know that, too," says the writer who has seven million Weibo followers.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Li Chengpeng, the author who signs his books wearing a stab-proof vest

Once a football commentator who drew a huge following in China as he rooted out corruption in the sport, Li Chengpeng is now one of the government's fiercest critics - and lives in fear for his own safety.

5 Mar 2013 - 4:17am

Football author turned government critic splits China

Once a football commentator who drew a huge following in China as he rooted out corruption in the sport, Li Chengpeng is now one of the government’s fiercest critics – and lives in fear for his own safety.

Li works on the margins of the allowed and the forbidden in China, constantly pushing the boundaries as he seeks to tell its people the truth about their own country.

28 Feb 2013 - 2:49pm 1 comment

Another signing, another brawl for divisive writer Li Cheng-peng

Dozens of leftists scuffled with hundreds of supporters of writer and critic Li Chengpeng during a book signing in Shenzhen yesterday.

More than 2,000 Li fans, ranging from university students to office workers and retirees, waited outside Shenzhen Book City before the event started at 6pm.

16 Jan 2013 - 4:02am 1 comment

Attacked by leftists, author Li Chengpeng mulls over filing charges

A prominent writer known to be a liberal social critic is considering legal action against two leftists who attacked him during a book signing in Beijing on Sunday, the writer's attorney said in a microblog post yesterday.

15 Jan 2013 - 9:48am 1 comment

Liberal writer Li Chengpeng was punched and threatened with a knife at his Beijing book-signing event yesterday

Readers took to Sina Weibo, where Li has a huge following, and quickly dug up the names and other private details of the two men.

14 Jan 2013 - 9:03am 1 comment