Let’s talk about the alleged sex crime and subsequent arrest of JD.com chief Liu Qiangdong. After all, everyone else is.

US police say that the allegation of first-degree rape, which reportedly took place in Minneapolis, is still under investigation, although they’ve released Liu from custody and allowed him to return to China. JD.com has consistently stated that their founder is the victim of ungrounded accusations.

Meanwhile, the Chinese internet remains aflutter. Four days after the initial arrest, “Liu Qiangdong incident eyewitness” was still ranked at the top of Weibo searches, with 1.8 million hits.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.