Date
13 December 2017
The Red Cross said it appreciates Zhao Baige’s hard work but gave no reasons for her removal. Photo: Xinhua
The Red Cross said it appreciates Zhao Baige’s hard work but gave no reasons for her removal. Photo: Xinhua

Scandal-wracked China Red Cross sacks ‘firefighter’

A woman who had fought to restore the reputation of the Red Cross Society of China after the Guo Meimei scandal has been removed from her post as executive vice president.

In April last year, Zhao Baige vowed: “If I can’t change your ‘Black Cross’ impression in two to three years, I will resign from my post.”

But she has gone before her deadline, according to the Shanghai Daily.

The charity said yesterday it appreciated Zhao’s hard work over the past three years but gave no reasons for her removal.

The Red Cross Society has been battling public mistrust ever since 23-year-old Guo, who claimed to be the head of an organization linked to the charity, posted photographs online flaunting her wealth in June 2011.

Zhao, 52, took office four months later, and it was understood her task was to pull the charity out of its credibility crisis. She was dubbed “the fire marshal”.

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