Chinese tycoon who called Xi Jinping a ‘clown’ and ripped his coronavirus response gets 18-year sentence

A Chinese real estate mogul who once called President Xi Jinping a “clown” and criticized his government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on corruption charges, a Beijing court announced Tuesday. Ren Zhiqiang, the former chairman of the state-owned Huayuan Group, was issued the punishment after being expelled from the Communist...

Cold response to army guarding hotels

A proposal to have the army at quarantine hotels two months into the troubled program was received coldy by the Police Minister, text messages shown to the inquiry reveal. The communication exchange between Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp and Police and Emergency Services Minister Lisa...