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China detains outspoken venture capitalist after friend's arrest

• Reuters

The businessman, Wang Gongquan, is an old friend of Xu Zhiyong, who has pushed for greater civil rights and called for officials to disclose their wealth and who was formally arrested last month on a charge of "gathering a crowd to disturb order in a public place". 

Teng Biao, a fellow activist and lecturer at Beijing's University of Politics and Law, said that about 20 police came to Wang's apartment at around midday, saying he was wanted for questioning on suspicion of the same charge Xu is facing. 

"It's worrying because Wang is very high profile and wealthy, an important person," Teng told Reuters by telephone.


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