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Jack Ma disappears from his own talent show

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  1. [5]
    Kuromantis
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    News.au link for those behind the paywall

    News.au link for those behind the paywall

    Jack Ma has disappeared as the public face of an African talent show he created, in a hint of the difficulties he is facing after a fall from grace in China.

    Mr Ma was replaced as a judge in the final of Africa’s Business Heroes, a television contest for budding entrepreneurs, his photograph was removed from the judging webpage, and he was conspicuously left out of a promotional video.

    The final took place in November, shortly after the Chinese tech billionaire made a candid speech criticising China’s regulators and its state-owned banks. In the wake of the speech, Mr Ma was dressed down by officials in Beijing and the $37bn initial public offering of his company Ant Group was suspended. He has not been seen in public since.

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    1. [4]
      Nivlak
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      Ok anyone have any thoughts as to what may have happened to him ?

      Ok anyone have any thoughts as to what may have happened to him ?

      4 votes
      1. [2]
        Grzmot
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        Just like the one Chinese actress that disappeared for a few months, he's most likely locked up somewhere in a golden cage (or possibly just cage) so Xi can show him who's boss. Best outcome for...

        Just like the one Chinese actress that disappeared for a few months, he's most likely locked up somewhere in a golden cage (or possibly just cage) so Xi can show him who's boss. Best outcome for him personally right now is that he gets out in the near future with the promise of only boasting about the CCP.

        What I wonder about is how he thought it was a good idea to openly criticise China. He knows how it works. He actively profited off the way doing business in China works. Maybe he thought he was too rich or famous to touch, I don't know.

        13 votes
        1. NaraVara
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          It's hard for normal people to maintain that public facade constantly. The mask is gonna slip eventually. Everyone has to vent their frustrations at some point.

          It's hard for normal people to maintain that public facade constantly. The mask is gonna slip eventually. Everyone has to vent their frustrations at some point.

          8 votes
      2. MimicSquid
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        He's being reeducated as to the value of China's regulatory system and its state-owned banks. Are there any other likely answers?

        He's being reeducated as to the value of China's regulatory system and its state-owned banks. Are there any other likely answers?

        10 votes
  2. isvarahparamahkrsnah
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    He'll have to buy his freedom now. That's if his supreme leader feels like having a chat.

    He'll have to buy his freedom now. That's if his supreme leader feels like having a chat.