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#375 That Time China Bought A Vancouver Newspaper
As reports of Chinese government influence in Canadian media gain traction, South China Morning Post reporter Ian Young reveals an incredible tale from the past.

Almost 20 years ago, the PRC’s media company actually bought a Canadian newspaper. But all is not as it seemed, and media mogul Li Bolun may have had other plans besides propaganda. Sadly, he died in a Beijing jail cell following scandalous drug and fraud charges and cannot explain his side of the story. What’s left is a messy court battle and enduring concerns about who controls Chinese language media in Canada.

Further Reading:

Who Was Li Bolun? by Ian Young https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3103793/who-was-li-bolun-disgraced-citic-media-moguls

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June 28, 2021
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