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Wu Renbao, the party secretary of Huaxi who helped transform a small Jiangsu town into ‘China’s richest village‘, passed away on March 18. He led a remarkable life. He was never on the cover of Time magazine though, despite claims by state media.
Huaxi, which claims to be a ‘model socialist village’ is known as the ‘No.1 village under the sky’. Founded in 1961, local authorities claim that residents all have a personal wealth of over 800,000 yuan each. Villagers are shareholders in a multi-industry company which is listed on the stock exchange. As party secretary, Wu was responsible for much of the development and success of Huaxi.
What Wu did not do, however, was appear on the cover of Time magazine. Nevertheless, Xinhua and multiple other Chinese outlets are running a rather shoddy photoshop of Wu, with the headline: “The Man Who Men of the Moment.”
Less dense Chinese reporters quickly cottoned on to the fact that their colleagues at Xinhua had been had (again). Wu’s head had been photoshopped onto the body of disgraced former American lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who appeared on the cover in 2006.
What’s most disgraceful about this story is that when the following photo of Wu exists, why would you ever a different one?
[Via: The Atlantic]