After all, Alibaba founder Jack Ma messed with the system in which he amassed his billions. And that is extremely dangerous in today’s China, as the arrest of the once celebrated Trade Minister Bo Xilai years ago showed.
The -mere assumption that Ma will now, like unpleasant managers and politicians, first be taken out of the picture and then taken into the mangle, says a lot about China these days: If Beijing has indeed made self-made Ma disappear, this would speak for them Strength of Xi and his apparatus.
At the same time, however, an attack on Ma also illustrated the fear of those in power even from gentle critics. But if Ma has only taken a break and appears again in the next few days, the false fears speak for the reputation that the oppressive state has earned: As in the case of Russia, even the most incredible rumors could be true.