BEIJING — The whereabouts of a Chinese professor known for his views critical of the government remained unknown Friday, two days after police interrupted his radio interview with U.S. government broadcaster Voice of America.
Sun Wenguang was speaking to the station on Wednesday night when he says that half a dozen officers barged into his apartment in the eastern city of Jinan. He can be heard exclaiming that "I have my freedom of speech" just before the line goes dead.
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VOA said that Sun had not responded to attempts to contact him, but that sources it did not identify said he was being held in a military-run hotel in Jinan.
A former professor of physics, the 84-year-old Sun has long been critical of China's communist leadership, most recently protesting China's vast expenditures on development projects abroad at a time when many Chinese remain poor.
That's seen as a knock on president and party leader Xi Jinping's signature "Belt and Road" initiative that has earmarked an estimated $1 trillion for ports, power plants and other projects linking China to parts of Asia, Europe, Africa and beyond. The initiative has recently run into headwinds as the countries involved balk at the massive debts they stand to incur.
Before the line goes dead, Sun can be heard saying "throwing money around like this is of no benefit to our country and society."