The Latest Target In China's Crackdown On Entrepreneurs Is An Outspoken Billionaire
Added 05-15-21 06:07:02am EST - “Sun Dawu has befriended and supported political dissidents. Now he may become one himself. "This is a simple administrative law case, but it has become politicized and distorted," says his lawyer.” - Npr.org
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Billionaire Sun Dawu built an agriculture empire just outside Beijing. Now his conglomerate, Dawu Group, is slipping out of his control. Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption
Billionaire Sun Dawu built an agriculture empire just outside Beijing. Now his conglomerate, Dawu Group, is slipping out of his control.
BAODING, HEBEI, CHINA — Billionaire Sun Dawu built an agriculture empire just outside Beijing. To accommodate approximately 9,000 employees and their families, he created a self-contained company town replete with free hospitals, schools and a sports stadium, all named after himself.
Now his conglomerate, the Dawu Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Group, is slipping out of his control, as he faces trial next week over what appear to be politically motivated charges.
In late April, local authorities arrested Sun and 20 employees — many of them his own family members — after a minor property dispute turned violent. They already had been in detention for half a year over a common administrative issue, for which Sun now faces eight criminal charges, including illegal mining and "seeking quarrels and provoking trouble." He denies them all.
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