My only real source for this lengthy article was a filing cabinet full of documents I requested from various Chinese government offices over a period of about a year. After having some luck with my initial requests for corporate registration documents from the State Administration for Industry and Commerce bureaus, I went on a reporting spree: requesting and paying fees for the records of dozens of investment partnerships tied to the relatives of Wen Jiabao.
I also began making lists of individuals and companies and trying to figure out who the people were and what their relationships were to one another; and what, I asked, was the purpose of all these partnerships — many of which had similar shareholders lists.
— David Barboza, Shanghai Bureau Chief for the New York Times, answers readers’ questions about how he went about reporting on the Wen family’s massive fortune.
Barboza’s story resulted in the NYT website being blocked for all users within the Great Firewall of China.
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