Minitrue: Post-June 4th Multimillionaire

Minitrue: Post-June 4th Multimillionaire

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

Take care to delete news from foreign websites circulating domestically related to Xiao Jianhua: “China Financier Defends Companies’ Deals,” “With Choice at Tiananmen, Student Took Road to Riches.” (June 8, 2014)


As student and popular unrest was on the rise in Beijing during the spring of 1989, then-head of the Peking University’s official student union Xiao Jianhua didn’t share in the prevailing sentiment of many of his peers. While vocal student leaders became some of Beijing’s most wanted in the aftermath of the June 4th crackdown, Xiao Jianhua graduated with favorable political connections and went on to quickly become an ultra-rich financier.

On June 3rd, 2014, the New York Times’ David Barboza and Michael Forsythe reported on Xiao Jianhua and his ties to and business deals with some of China’s politically elite families—including that of President Xi Jinping. The article was also published in translation on the Times’ Chinese-language website. A follow-up report from the Times detailing a defending statement from a company that Xiao founded, was also translated into Chinese.

CDT collects directives from a variety of sources and checks them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation.

Since directives are sometimes communicated orally to journalists and editors, who then leak them online, the wording published here may not be exact. The date given may indicate when the directive was leaked, rather than when it was issued. CDT does its utmost to verify dates and wording, but also takes precautions to protect the source.

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