Ma Jian: this man is a writer, not a jailed spy. Photo: AFP

I’m a banned Chinese novelist not a corrupt spy chief: author Ma Jian tries to clear up news outlets’ confusion

  • Dissident writer’s picture was used in stories about his namesake, who has just been given a life sentence for corruption
  • Author also discloses that his corrupt namesake worked for the agency responsible for banning him from mainland China
Topic |   Corruption in China

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Ma Jian: this man is a writer, not a jailed spy. Photo: AFP
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