Making Matters Worse: Intimidation from
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They have not only misplaced their efforts, directing energy at innocent people, they have damaged the reputation of
I refer to the case of Wang Shi, the Chairman of China’s top real estate company, Vanke.
On 5.12, May 12, Vanke donated over 2 million RMB to the earthquake disaster victims. It was one of the quickest to respond, as it also did with the snow disaster that hit
Responding to an anonymous blogger, who complained that 2 million yuan was a huge disappointment from Vanke, Wang Shi on his May 15 blog (in Chinese) wrote a response entitled “After All, Life is Primary (Response to Web-Friend No. 56)” (“毕竟，生命是第一位的（答网友56）”, here (in Chinese)).
Wang Shi: “
According to numerous sources, including the China Securities Journal, the online community in
Under relentless pressure, Wang Shi and Vanke relented, pledging 100 million yuan in reconstruction assistance over the next 3-5 years on May 20 (see Shenzhen Securities Exchange announcement here (in Chinese)). This decision was approved by the Vanke board of directors last Friday, June 6 here (in English). At the meeting, Wang Shi appeared pale and weak, apologizing to the masses he had somehow disappointed. The force and power of hegemonic civil society is truly frightening, and its channeling through the blogosphere is a blow to any cheerleader of democracy.
Wang Shi was born in
Vanke (Shenzhen 000002, 200002, website) is the largest market capitalization real estate company listed in