Deputy head of Guangzhou’s Public Security Bureau hangs himself

Posted: 01/9/2013 3:00 pm

Qi Xiaolin

The deputy head of Guangzhou’s Public Security Bureau, Qi Xiaolin, was found hanged to death yesterday, Guangzhou Daily has reported on its microblog. He was 55 years old.

The deputy, who was based in Tianhe District, also had unspecified physical illnesses, news organizations have reported.

Although more details have yet to emerge, Sina Weibo is already buzzing. Some have extended their sympathies to the family. But due to the vagueness of the reasons given for the suicide, speculation is rife about why he really did it. Others have shown schadenfreude.

Here are some of the reactions:

Liberating Oreo: The people of Fujian congratulate you.

Maitian Bianyuan: (This suicide was down to) “suicide with Chinese characteristics.”

Hong Zhi’ang: Was he depressed because he was unable to lose weight?

yzwc: A hero for our times. Sacrificing himself for his comrades and his family.

Guoguo Wangshi: I hope those bastards all get depression.

Haozhu Chu Haozhu: These days, it’s said about all officials who commit suicide that they were suffering from depression.

We will bring you more as new information emerges.


Speeding BMW driver in Dongguan slams into 7 people, killing 4 of them

Posted: 08/14/2012 7:00 am

A BMW sped along Yongjie Street in Dongguan on August 11, veering into other lanes and generally driving erratically.  Shortly after 9pm, the car slammed into seven pedestrians, killing 4 and injuring 3, according to local media.

One witness claimed to have heard the vehicle speeding when he was standing with his back to the road using his mobile phone; when he turned around the vehicle had already gone but there was a victim lying on the ground.

One victim identified as Xiao Dong told reporters from his hospital bed that he felt the vehicle’s headlights shine on him from behind.  Then he turned around and saw the car, but the next thing he remembered was waking up in the hospital.

After stopping the now heavily damaged car, the driver calmly got out and was smirking, according to witnesses.

The 26 year-old driver, who is from Guangdong, was detained by the Public Security Bureau and he was discovered to have undergone treatment for mental illness. One Public Security Officer claimed that he had never been cured.

Young men in expensive cars running over innocents touch a raw societal nerve in China. In 2010, a student was killed on the campus of Hebei University by a man driving a Volkswagen Sedan. After getting out of the car, the man exclaimed that he was the son of deputy police chief “Li Gang” and challenged them to sue him.  To this day “My father is Li Gang!” has become a sinister phrase signifying the elite status of some government officials.

BMWs are also a potent status symbol.  On matchmaking show If You Are The One in 2010, a girl famously displayed her materialism by saying she would rather cry in the back of a BMW than smile on the back of a bicycle.

This case, though, doesn’t appear to be caused by another spoiled playboy causing havoc.


Woman murdered in carpark of Shenzhen government building

Posted: 08/10/2012 7:00 am

A woman was stabbed to death by two assailants with fruit knives as she was getting into her car next to the Public Security Bureau (PSB) Building on Jiefang Road in Shenzhen, according to The Daily Sunshine.

The woman was attacked outside her BMW by two men who were trying to seize her handbag at 3:15 pm on August 8. She resisted and had her throat slit.

The men then ran off in different directions. When paramedics arrived at the scene, she was in a pool of her own blood and did not survive.

One of the assailants, a 24 year-old man surnamed Cao from Jiangxi Province, was arrested. The other escaped.

Many if not most expats in Shenzhen have set foot in Diwang Building as that is where the final stages of the visa application process take place.  One nearby resident expressed shock that such a thing was possible in such a developed area so close to a major government building.

On its microblog, the PSB said the murder had taken place in a “public” carpark, which technically it is, even though it is used by workers at Diwang Building.

The PSB is sparing no efforts to catch the other assailant, it said in a statement.


Shenzhen laowai, prepare for a visit from the city’s finest

Posted: 03/17/2011 10:31 am

The Universiade is coming to Shenzhen this year, the latest (and possibly last for a while) in a string of international events gracing China. With it, a wide collection of international media, tourists, and athletes will be coming down to town, meaning only one thing to the Chinese authorities: potential instability.

Anyone who was in Beijing prior to the Olympics, Shanghai before and during World Expo, or Guangzhou before the Asian Games will know that restrictions tighten up as China’s vast security apparatus goes into anxiety mode. As the next city to stage an international event, foreigners living in Shenzhen are being reminded that they may receive a visit from the police to verify that they have a proper rental agreement and are permitted to stay in their flat. If you happen to have a friend in town or somebody who hadn’t registered their stay with the local public security bureau, they may be asked to leave (or register).

Why is Shenzhen doing this? In their words, to “maintain peace and harmony in society”. China, ever vigilant, believes heavy security is in everyone’s interest (hey, they’re right there with Muammar Qaddafi on that count).

So, in summary: make sure you have a valid rental agreement (and make sure you know where it is), and you’ll be fine.

Oh, and enjoy the Universiade.