Chilling story behind Fan Bingbing’s disappearance

Now the glamorous actress is back — thanking the Communist Party for forcing her to “calm down and think seriously”.To get more chinese news sites, you can visit shine news official website.
For four months last year, the highlight of Beijing’s A-list and the beating heart of China’s social scene was uncontactable.
The international superstar — whose face had continuously glowed on the nation’s airwaves — was suddenly nowhere to be seen.
Her social media accounts had fallen silent. Her face was no longer promoting a multitude of products. Her presence was no longer gracing Chinese high society.Rumours exploded across the world: Jealous Community Party leaders had abducted her or she had sought exile in the US. But it was soon apparent she had fallen from grace. China’s authoritarian Communist leadership had become displeased with the country’s most celebrated celebrity.
Almost a year after the scandal, Fan has tentatively stepped back into the public eye.
She’s returning to the silver screen in a new international action movie, 355.
But she made sure to thank the regime for “disappearing” her for four months.
The 37-year-old actress, who appeared in dozens of movies and TV series, has reappeared in an unusually rare interview with Western media.
She addressed her mysterious detention obliquely.
“It may be a trough I encountered in my life or in my work, but this trough is actually a good thing,” she told the New York Times.
“It has made me calm down and think seriously about what I want to do in my future life.”
When it came to Chinese screen time, Fan Bingbing’ was second only to President-for-life Xi Jinping.
Social media-savvy Fan once shared every detail of her high-profile life, from what she ate to what flowers her fiancee had given her.
But, since being “disappeared” last year, she’s only made occasional public forays to espouse the glory of the Communist state.
Fan was never formally charged, nor has any explanation been offered for her house arrest.
“No one can have smooth sailing throughout the journey,” Fan told the New York Times.
For her, that means paying the Chinese taxman some $US70 million and giving up her high-flying, celebrity lifestyle.Fan’s all-pervasive presence ended in July last year. Then, State-approved social media accounts began calling her a fraud. She was accused of dodging tax.
It all blew up when Chinese TV news presenter Cui Yongyuan — who had a grudge against Fan — published one of her formal contracts.
Fan was to have been paid $US1.5 million for four days work. But a second document appeared to reveal she had received five times that amount.
It became known as the “yin-yang” tax scandal.
Four months after being “vanished”, the Communist Party issued a formal statement: Fan had been heavily fined. She would pay the avoided taxes — and much more.
Fan confirmed her release in October with a formal apology: “For a while, due to my not understanding the relationship between benefits of the country, society, and individual, I and others took advantage of a ‘split contract’ to avoid tax problems, and I am deeply ashamed.”
She said she “accepts the judgement completely”.
She said the experience had caused her “immense pain”.
But Fan reaffirmed her passion for acting, asserting that her success was “down to the support of my country and the people”.
“Without the policies of the Party and the country, without the love of the people, there is no Fan Bingbing,” her Sina Weibo post reads.

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