Four big names out of eight from China figure among those who now stand exposed after the humongous Panama Papers leak.
In fact, the word “Panama” itself was among the top censored words in China.
The leaked papers, from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, reveals that Deng Jiagui, brother-in-law of Xi Jinping, held offshore shell companies. Bloomberg had reported in 2012 that Deng and his wife owned hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate.
Chinese premier from 1987 to 1998, Li Peng finds his name cropping up because of his daughter Li Xiaolin.
Similarly, Jia Qinglin’s name appears because of granddaughter Jasmine Li while Bo Xilai’s because of his wife. Xilai is serving life imprisonment on graft charges.
Images like the ones below were shared on China’s social media platforms before they were taken down.
Practically, everything that means the internet for you is blocked in China. There is no Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even the irreplaceable Google. Ironically, China unblocked The Pirate Bay – the one site everyone in the West hates.