Chinese TV Producer Disappeared After Accusing Authorities of Covering Up Facts About ‘Chained Woman’

By Alex Wu
Alex Wu
Alex Wu
Alex Wu is a U.S.-based writer for The Epoch Times focusing on Chinese society, Chinese culture, human rights, and international relations.
March 31, 2022 Updated: March 31, 2022

A Chinese TV producer and director disappeared after revealing the identity of the “chained woman” in mainland China and later accusing local authorities of covering up the truth on Chinese social media.

The chained woman case in Feng county of Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province still remains unsolved despite public outrage, including her true identity. Wang Shengqiang, producer and director of China Network’s “Interview with Famous Experts,” whose home town is Feng county, revealed on Chinese social media that the local people in Feng County “all know that it is Li Ying, but some people can’t let her be Li Ying.”

He recently continued to question the authorities for covering up the facts and was threatened by the Chinese communist regime’s police. Currently, Wang’s whereabouts are unknown.

On March 27 and 28, Wang, posted on Chinese social media Weibo in succession to reveal that the police had gone around asking where he lives, and finally came to his home in Beijing in the middle of the night.

Wang’s last Weibo post was in the early morning of March 28, “lawyers, come and look through my Weibo posts, which one is illegal, and which law is violated, that is worth the police coming to arrest me in the middle of the night?”

In his previous Weibo posts, he said: “they asked about my address, and they even went to my sister’s home in my hometown. Are they going to arrest me? Is it a crime to tell the truth?” “If I stop posting on Weibo, it must be [because] Jiangsu police took me away. This is our so called rule of law society. What crime will they convict me of? – Telling the truth.”​​​​​​

In another Weibo post that the regime deleted, he said: “I don’t know how many leaders are behind the operation of this matter [covering up the facts about the chained woman], I want to tell you that what you are doing is wrong and violates the rule of law society. It has become rule of man, and rule of man is very scary. They can kill whoever they want, maybe one day it will be you…”

The chained woman incident was revealed and continued to cause public outcries during the Beijing Winter Olympics. There was a rare fight between the regime’s stability maintenance and people asking for the truth. The public believed that the chained woman was actually Li Ying, a Sichuan girl who was abducted by human traffickers at the age of 12, but the officials denied the claim. The Jiangsu authorities put out five announcements that contradicted each other, and were unable to quell the public’s suspicions of a government cover up.

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In front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, Chinese nationals support the chained woman and hope that she will be free as soon as possible. March 8, 2022. (Supplied)

Wang questioned in one of his posts, “She was abducted and sold to Feng County, who changed her name? Who did the household registration for her? Who issued the marriage certificate? Can the buyers get all those done without the help of government officials? Many officials are involved in the crime, so it mustn’t be Li Ying!”

Netizen Jiang Lijun, who is concerned about the incident, posted a screenshot of Wang’s Weibo post on Twitter and said: “In China, there are few people with such a backbone. Brother Wang is a real man!”

Wang’s Weibo updates stopped in the early morning of March 28, Beijing time. The Chinese language edition of The Epoch Times could not reach him, and his whereabouts and condition remain unknown.

On March 26, mainland human rights lawyer Lu Tingge tweeted that he submitted an information disclosure application form to the Jiangsu provincial government on February 24, requesting that the truth about the “chained woman” incident be disclosed. The Jiangsu provincial government received the application form on February 25, but 15 working day later, March 19, and there is still no notice or reply to Lu.

Ni Haizhong contributed to the report.

Alex Wu
Alex Wu is a U.S.-based writer for The Epoch Times focusing on Chinese society, Chinese culture, human rights, and international relations.