Friday, February 10, 2012

Chongqing policeman Wang Lijun mystery deepens

The mystery surrounding one of China's top police chiefs has deepened after the US government confirmed he visited one of its consulates.

Some are speculating that Wang Lijun was seeking asylum, although the US state department said it could not comment on that issue.

Mr Wang gained national recognition after spearheading a crackdown on organised crime in Chongqing.

But he was removed from his post and is now on leave because of "stress".

One of China's vice-foreign ministers, Cui Tiankai, said this was an "isolated incident".

Speaking at a briefing, he said this issue was "resolved and resolved quite smoothly", although he did not go into details about exactly what had happened to Mr Wang. Read More