Chinese microblogger is detained on biz charge

BEIJING (AP) — A well-known Chinese microblogger who raised questions about a government plan to build an oil refinery has been detained on a seldom-used charge involving registering a business.

Supporters of Dong Rubin say his detention Tuesday in the southern Chinese city of Kunming is retribution by authorities for his activism. It comes amid a national campaign by China’s leaders to clamp down on what they call online rumors and efforts to erode the rule of the Communist Party through lies and negative news.

Dong’s lawyer, Xiao Dongzhi, on Thursday confirmed his client’s detention, saying he was charged with inflating the amount of his business’ capital when he registered it. Xiao noted that there was no victim in the transaction and that the charge is rarely leveled against anyone. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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