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Chinese fugitive billionaire vows to expose corrupt officials

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Elizabeth Shim
Top Chinese Communist Party officials are being accused of corruption by Guo Wengui, a Chinese billionaire who is wanted by Beijing. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
Top Chinese Communist Party officials are being accused of corruption by Guo Wengui, a Chinese billionaire who is wanted by Beijing. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI | License Photo

April 24 (UPI) -- A Chinese billionaire fugitive has vowed to expose corruption among top Chinese Communist Party officials, but his moves are being met with a stern response from Beijing.

Guo Wengui, a member of U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, recently accused a Chinese airlines owner of buying off politicians while purchasing the largest tract of land in Hong Kong in 2016.

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He posted on Twitter on Sunday that he plans to hold a press conference that will expose the "truth behind the anti-corruption" drive in China that began in 2013, South Korean magazine Chosun Biz reported.

Guo mentioned the names of top Chinese officials: Wang Qishan, a senior leader of the Communist Party; Meng Jianzhu, a Politburo member; Fu Zhenghua, public security vice minister; and a fourth official, Sun Lijun.

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China's Hurun Research Institute places Guo's net worth at about $2.2 billion. Chinese media once fawned over his ability to amass wealth through real estate development and investments.

Guo's troubles began when reports in China suggested he had been using illegal means to throw business rivals in prison.

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In recent weeks, following Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the United States, Guo has become increasingly vocal about corruption among Chinese officials.

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But Beijing may have retaliated against the Chinese billionaire.

China's foreign ministry cut short Guo's interview with Voice of America last week, and Interpol recently issued a red notice for Guo's arrest, possibly following a request from the Chinese government.

The fugitive also claimed Facebook had blocked his public account.

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"What does this mean, Facebook blocked me?" He wrote in part of the post. "They must have got really scared! Can this stop my revelations? This is truly lawless. This is very interesting. Their fear and worry make me think that the value of my various evidence is bigger than what I had imagined."

Facebook is seeking to gain greater market presence in China.

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