China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang is turning up with intriguing references after Baidu unblocked online searches on him.
“Prostitution king” is one. Zhou got the moniker after reports he slept with more than 400 women including actresses, news anchors, models and restaurant waitresses.
Another is “master kong”, referencing a popular instant noodle brand from Tingyi Holdings Corp. (00322.HK), which uses the same Chinese characters as Zhou’s name, according to Metro Daily.
Searches on the disgraced official also throw up “tiger”, a name Chinese people use to describe government officials with huge wealth and power.
The top search result for “prostitution king”, dated November 2012, is about Zhou’s achievements in Chongqing but it does not link to any story.
Baidu, China’s biggest search engine unblocked searches on Zhou after it was revealed that he is under investigation for suspected corruption.
The announcement coincided with International Tiger Day, which seeks to promote global awareness of efforts to preserve the endangered animal.
Zhou is being investigated for “serious disciplinary violations”, according to the official Xinhua news agency. No specific charges have been laid.
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