Chinese businessman Desmond Shum blames Chinese Communist Party for wife’s disappearance

A Chinese businessman has blamed the authorities in Beijing for the mystery disappearance of his former wife four years ago.  

Desmond Shum is certain that his billionaire ex-partner Whitney Duan, also known as Duan Weihong, was abducted from Beijing in 2017.

Mr Shum accused the Chinese government of targeting and silencing rich business people in his new memoir, ‘Red Roulette: An Insider’s Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption and Vengeance in Today’s China‘.

The distraught businessman spoke out on 60 Minutes on Sunday and revealed he had his suspicions about his wife’s fate confirmed when he received an unexpected call in the lead-up to the publication of his book. 

A Chinese businessman has blamed the Chinese Communist Party for the mystery disappearance of his former wife after she vanished four years ago

A Chinese businessman has blamed the Chinese Communist Party for the mystery disappearance of his former wife after she vanished four years ago

A Chinese businessman has blamed the Chinese Communist Party for the mystery disappearance of his former wife after she vanished four years ago

Desmond Shum is certain that his billionaire partner Whitney Duan , also known as Duan Weihong, was abducted after she mysteriously vanished from Beijing in 2017

Desmond Shum is certain that his billionaire partner Whitney Duan , also known as Duan Weihong, was abducted after she mysteriously vanished from Beijing in 2017

Desmond Shum is certain that his billionaire partner Whitney Duan , also known as Duan Weihong, was abducted after she mysteriously vanished from Beijing in 2017

The call was from his estranged ex-wife who urged him not to go public with the allegations. 

‘The purpose of the call is to ask me to stop the book launch. That’s exactly what she said,’ he told 60 Minutes.

Mr Shum believes his former partner had been reading from a script when she suggested the publication of the book was jeopardising lives.

‘Are we talking about my life? Our son’s life? Or is it your life?’ he said. 

Ms Duan was one of the wealthiest women in China, managing investments from relatives of former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao. 

She then suddenly vanished without a trace leaving behind her husband and their 12-year-old son.

Mr Shum fled with his son to live in the UK believing that Ms Duan had died.

He said the brief conversation he had with his former partner during the phone call indicated she had been kept in isolation for the last four years. 

‘Her mum passed away in June. She didn’t know that,’ he said.

‘She didn’t know the pandemic was going on for two years.’

Ms Duan has joined a long list of high-profile figures to mysteriously disappear with Australian television anchor Cheng Lei and businessman Jack Ma.

Mr Shum believes his former partner was abducted by the Chinese Communist Party over her business dealings. 

‘I would guess most likely she’s associated with the wrong crowd or the wrong faction of the power struggle,’ he said.

Mr Shum accused his government of targeting and silencing rich business people in his new memoir, 'Red Roulette: An Insider's Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption and Vengeance in Today's China'

Mr Shum accused his government of targeting and silencing rich business people in his new memoir, 'Red Roulette: An Insider's Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption and Vengeance in Today's China'

Mr Shum accused his government of targeting and silencing rich business people in his new memoir, ‘Red Roulette: An Insider’s Story of Wealth, Power, Corruption and Vengeance in Today’s China’

‘Or maybe she learned something that’s very inconvenient for the leadership.’ 

Ms Duan also had business dealings with Sun Zhengcai who was being groomed as a potential successor to Xi Jinping.

Xi then launched an anti-corruption campaign, which critics say is a pretence for targeting his political opponents, and jailed Mr Zhengcai in 2018.

He said the phone call with his wife was the first conversation he had with her in four years.

‘In two phone calls that I believe were made at the behest of high-placed Communist Party officials and monitored by China’s security services, Whitney told me that she’s on temporary release and could be re-detained at any time,’ he told Australian Financial Review.

‘She asked me to cancel the book’s publication. She said if I refused to do that, it may anger the Chinese government and security services. She used the Chinese warning: ‘No good comes to those who oppose the state’.’ 

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