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July 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Rui Chenggang, whom the New York Times once called "the media face of Chinese capitalism", was detained by Chinese prosecutors on Friday evening shortly before he was to have co-hosted a television program on China Central Television (CCTV), People’s Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper, said on Saturday. No mention of the arrest was made on the program. The arrest reportedly had less to do with Rui’s nationalist views — he once saw to it that a Starbucks was kicked out of Beijing’s Forbidden City after complaining that it was an affront to Chinese culture — and more to do with a recently expanded investigation of corruption that was launched by President Xi Jinping last year. However, it comes amid increasing concerns about the Communist party’s system of internal investigation in which suspects often disappear for extended periods of time.