Li Guanfeng (also known as Li Tianyi), the 17-year-old son of a prominent military singer Li Shuangjiang, was sentenced to jail for ten years in the Haidian District People’s court in Beijing on Sept. 26, 2013. He and four other men were accused of raping a woman in a hotel room in February 2013. One of the co-defendants, an adult, received a 12-year sentence, while the remaining three juveniles received sentences of three to five years because they pleaded guilty. Li Guanfeng has previously been sent to a juvenile detention center for a year for his excessive behaviors, which culminated in 2011 when he was arrested in a road accident in which he drove without a license and threatened people for blocking his way. Li Tianyi’s father, Li Shuangjiang is believed to enjoy “a non-combat rank which is equivalent to that of a major general,” and Li Tianyi’s mother, Meng Ge, is a famous singer in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). His perceived privileged background has made his sentence a trending theme on Chinese social media. (New York Times, CNN, South China Morning Post, Sept. 26)
September 23, 2016
February 21, 2014
Stay up to date with the timeline of Trump and the Trump Administration’s China Policies.
SR: The Week’s China Reads
Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.
Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…