The Unpublished Lang Xianping Interview – Chinese News Net

ESWN has translated an article that appeared on Chinese News Net, with the following explanation: “This essay was originally scheduled to be published in the September 28, 2006 issue of Southern Weekend but was withdrawn for some reason. There is no explanation about how the essay then ended up on an overseas Chinese website.”:

Under the dim lighting, Lang Xianping smiled mildly and listened. He appeared to be surprisingly low-keyed. But as soon as he spoke up, he became excited in less than three minutes and his eyes were sparkling.

At that moment, Lang Xianping was like an owl soaring from the peak, sharp and fierce.

The talk began with the Shanghai social pension fund. “The first time that I learned about the problem with the Shanghai social pension fund, it was at the end of last year,” said Lang Xianping.

At the time, Lang Xianping was hosting a television program titled “Lang chats about finance” in Shanghai. One day, the program team received an email that alleged the Shanghai pension fund was being diverted. The tip mentioned a newly rich Shanghai man named Zhang Rongkun, who happened to be a target of attention of Lang Xianping. “I thought that it was very peculiar that an unknown small businessman could become so wealthy all of a sudden. He was able to spend several billions to purchase two expressways and he became one of the top 40 richest man in China.” [Full text]

The original Chinese version is here.

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