A wayward Chinese talent goes off air





Rui used to be the most popular English anchor in China.   Photo – Internet





A wayward

Chinese talent goes off air



By Yuan Quan  |  CHINA FEATURES 



“See you later on TV, my friends,” said Rui Chenggang made his usual micro-blog sign-off to his 10-million-plus followers on Friday of July 13.

However, the polarizing China Central Television (CCTV) anchor has neither updated his micro-blog nor appeared on his 8:30 p.m. news program since.

His colleagues were unable to contact him and his sudden departure left an empty seat beside his co-host when his show aired that night.

Caixin, a leading financial and business news journal, reported that the finance and economics channel personality had been detained in an investigation. The channel’s deputy director-general, Li Yong, and another unnamed producer were also taken in for questioning on July 11.

Rumor has it that the investigation of Rui is related to corruption accusations involving the channel’s director-general, Guo Zhenxi, or to Rui’s family-owned company, which is suspected of profiting from his media connections.

The news quickly went viral and has been widely reported at home and abroad. Some say Rui is the most famous public figure involved in an investigation since President Xi Jinping launched a wide-ranging anti-corruption campaign last year.

Supporters say the 37-year-old will be okay as he is an icon of Chinese talent: top scorer in the national college entrance examination; graduate of a prestigious Chinese university; Yale World Fellow; anchor of English-language state media; and author of two autobiographies.

In addition, he is handsome, confident and willing to speak his mind both in Chinese and English.





















His fans call the handsome

anchor  as the icon of Chinese

talent.   Photo – Internet




But opponents criticize him as a narrow-minded nationalist, whose antagonizing remarks are a constant source of controversy.

Rui made his name writing a blog in 2007, describing the opening of a Starbucks inside Beijing’s Forbidden City as an “erosion of Chinese culture.” His words sparked a public campaign that eventually ousted the Western coffee chain from the former home of the emperors.

Rui was praised – at home and abroad – for preserving China’s cultural integrity, but his critics thought the victory of narrow nationalism actually destroyed China’s image as a more open society.

Since then, Rui has maintained that he is helping to make China’s voice heard in the world.

He also stirred controversy during a press conference at the G20 summit in 2010 in Seoul when U.S. President Obama asked if any reporters from the host country would like to pose any questions. When no Korean reporters rose, Rui raised his hand and said: “I’m actually Chinese. But I think I get to represent the entire Asia.”

Domestic commentators described him as very aggressive and self-centered. The anchor replied that if China could not make its voice heard, then it would be weak and soon become a target of criticism, which would affect its image in the world.

In 2005, Rui went to Yale as a visiting fellow. When a professor said China was not a democratic country, Rui stood up immediately, arguing that Americans always thought their democracy was real democracy, when in fact it had different meanings.

According to Southern People Weekly, Nigerian rights activist and university teacher Hauwa Ibrahim said she was very impressed by Rui’s patriotism, and Rui always raised topics about China and corrected people’s misconceptions.

At the World Economic Forum, a Japanese official’s remark that many infectious viruses in Japan came from illegal Chinese immigrants enraged Rui, who retorted that many northeast Chinese still suffered from chemical weapons left by the Japanese during the World War II.

Rui’s professional colleagues speak highly of him. “Rui helps CCTV go international,” said Qian Xi, a news producer who worked with Rui for a decade.

Qian said they went to Davos to cover the World Economic Forum with four other people in 2008. Only Rui got media accreditation. With his mastery of English and knowledge of international affairs, he successfully interviewed many important political and business leaders.

Zhan Jiang, a journalism professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, says Rui is respected abroad as he is sophisticated, confident, outspoken, and likes to challenge – qualities admired in Western cultures.

Rui’s international reputation grew after the World Economic Forum and visiting politicians and other leaders were happy for him to interview them. He has boasted of friendships with international leaders and has frequently appeared in photos with Bill Clinton, Mario Monti, Christine Lagarde and Kevin·Rudd.




Rui always said to his colleagues that Bill Clinton was his friend.   Photo – Internet


Rui always boasted his friendship with the former Australian Prime Minister.   Photo – Internet




However, many people have grown weary of his big-name-dropping and his increasingly strange and unreasonable questions.

He needled former US Ambassador to China Gary Locke during an interview at the Summer Davos in Dalian in 2011, saying, “I hear you flew here coach. Is that a reminder that the U.S. owes China money?”

He asked basketball star Yao Ming an absurd question in 2012: “Why do you earn 40 million yuan a year, while a local official who also works hard only gets 200,000 yuan for the whole year.”

“It seems that he speaks for Chinese officials,” said a posting on the popular online forum Zhihu.

“Real talent should speak for the weak,” said another post. “Rui is too arrogant and aggressive.”




Rui said he would not mind people’s doubts on him, and he welcomed 

different ideas.   Photo – Intrnet



Rui finished his second book Something for Nothing quoting Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”, which has the words: “If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too…yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it…”




















  1. [...]          http://wereadchina.sinaapp.com/?p=69325 [...]

  2. I’m not sure exactly why but this website is loading very slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end?
    I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  3. Great blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring
    writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a littgle lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that
    I’m completely confused .. Any suggestions?Thanks a lot!

    My weblog – benefits of eating healthy (wwww3.buyspirulinaalgaee.com)

  4. powiat wrote:

    Very energetic post, I enjoyed that a lot. Will there be
    a part 2?

  5. I simply couldn’t depart your website before suggesting
    that I really loved the usual information an individual supply on your visitors?
    Is going to be again frequently in order to investigate cross-check new posts

    Also visit my website … make a web page

  6. Cathy wrote:

    In Ethiopia, there will be a butter massage the beauty cure to possess for females wanting to
    give their woman areas a ‘makeover’.

    Here is my site natural acne remedies for dry skin (Cathy)

  7. Darrell wrote:

    Perhaps your hair to the touch your face and give it fried
    is caused by your hair cut.

    Also visit my web site; cvs acne cream review – Darrell,

  8. Thalia wrote:

    Do your study about which acne solutions will work
    best and before using any treatment, talk to a pharmacist.

    My site – best drugstore acne spot treatment 2013, Thalia,

  9. The name comes from Duffel, a town in Belgium where the thick cloth
    used to make the bag originated. Little America’ Backpack
    - Nordstrom’s is where you can find this charmer also
    from Herschel Supply Co. The rest of the Israeli hostages were machine-gunned by the terrorists.

  10. Every year, plenty of beauty shows are held in Cartagena, Barranquilla,
    Bogotá and several other cities in Colombia.
    Sex trafficking in Ukraine or Natasha trade does not seem to end any time soon.
    He continued in the banking business until he was sucked into the political arena to help with his father’s first campaign for President of the United States.

  11. hi!,I love your writing so a lot! proportion we communicate extra approximately your article on AOL?
    I need an expert on this area to unravel my problem.
    Maybe that is you! Taking a look ahead to peer you.

  12. glitches wrote:

    Hi I am so delighted I found your weblog, I really found you by error, while I
    was browsing on Digg for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would
    just like to say kudos for a remarkable post and a all round interesting blog
    (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the
    moment but I have book-marked it and also added in your RSS feeds,
    so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the fantastic work.

  13. Oxycontin wrote:

    I blog frequently and I really thank you for your information. This
    great article has truly peaked my interest. I’m
    going to take a note of your blog and keep checking for new information about once
    a week. I opted in for your Feed too.

  14. ahwat bugil wrote:

    I read this post completely regarding the difference of newest and previous technologies, it’s
    amazing article.

  15. apk modded wrote:

    I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both equally educative and engaging, and without a doubt,
    you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something too few people
    are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy
    that I came across this in my hunt for something concerning this.

  16. ALL KWs wrote:

    Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before
    but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new
    to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely happy I found it and
    I’ll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

    Feel free to surf to my webpage – ALL KWs

  17. apk modded wrote:

    Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with
    SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good
    gains. If you know of any please share. Cheers!

  18. This is very attention-grabbing, You are an overly professional blogger.

    I have joined your feed and sit up for searching for extra of your
    fantastic post. Additionally, I have shared your site in my social networks

  19. a wrote:

    I enjoy looking through a post that will make people think.
    Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  20. Have you ever thought about including a little bit more than just your articles?

    I mean, what you say is fundamental and all.
    But think about if you added some great pictures or video clips to give your posts more,
    “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and videos, this blog
    could definitely be one of the best in its niche.
    Amazing blog!

  21. ig wrote:

    Excellent site you have got here.. It’s difficult to find good quality writing like yours these days. I seriously appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!|

  22. May wrote:

    Hello everybody, here every person is sharing these kinds of know-how, therefore it’s
    nice to read this webpage, and I used to pay a visit this webpage all the time.

    My weblog; garcinia cambogia walmart (May)

  23. Cedric wrote:

    If you happen to select to not upgrade you risk your website being
    taken offline.

    Check out my webpage – tsohost review (Cedric)

  24. Skye wrote:

    but wait, then a lot of problems getting it arrange, a number of emails, calls, means into the night time..
    and hey presto, it is working a dream!

    My blog :: tsohost (Skye)

  25. It’s not my first time to visit this website, i am browsing this web site dailly and
    get good data from here everyday.

  26. It’s really a nice and useful piece of info.
    I’m satisfied that you simply shared this helpful info with us.
    Please stay us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Você deve tirar essa dúvida com seu médico ou ler sobre os efeitos colaterais na ofício.

  28. NEGATIVES: The prosperous people that are friendly
    to the environment believe for those vehicles is manufactured out of fossil fuels their 100K Tesla auto is great
    but don’t realize the energy.

    Visit my website :: oceanside california tours

  29. foolproofkl wrote:

    Interesting theme, I will take part. I know, that together we can come to a right answer.

  30. sex wrote:

    I just couldn’t leave your web site prior to suggesting that I really loved the
    usual info an individual provide to your guests?
    Is gonna be again steadily to check up on new posts

  31. When the ring has completed soaking, rinse it off with heat water and dry it with a thin, lint free material.

    Also visit my webpage; wikipedia reference

  32. try these out wrote:

    Shanghai-based mostly jewellery retailer Lao
    Feng Xiang (), which was additionally named within the
    report, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

    Here is my web-site: try these out

  33. College students relying upon their inventive schools for designing try to study the
    craft of bijou making.

    Feel free to surf to my page – Scandinavian Jewellery Brands (standrewscricketclub.co.uk)

  34. For any Meenakari creation, the design is first engraved
    on the metallic surface following which depressions are

    My page – why not try this out

  35. Así es como Garcinia Cambogia Extra ayuda a controlar la ingesta
    de alimentos, al tiempo que reduce la formación de las
    grasas. http://www.unmaskparasites.com/web-page-options/?url=http://www.flucoin.com/index.php/component/k2/itemlist/user/492651

  36. Richie wrote:

    Probieren Sie es aus und entdecken Sie Ihre Sound Shapes und das passende Zubehör im Onlineshop von Betzold. http://www.fangphoto.com/blog/member.asp?action=view&memName=ChadRabinovitch291

  37. Lane wrote:

    He said the government is of the view that gold is purchased solely by wealthy class
    and not by poor or center class and therefore has began taxing jewellery.

    Visit my website: Joma Jewellery Bracelets; Lane,

Leave a Reply