China's scorned mistresses tell all

China's scorned mistresses tell all

BEIJING - An unlikely whistle-blower for Chinese President Xi Jinping's much publicised crackdown on official corruption has emerged - the scorned mistress, the BBC reported, citing especially a recent high-profile case.

Their public accounts have offered a rare glimpse of the extravagant lifestyles of the governing elite, enraging the Chinese public, said the broadcaster. The case said to be in the full glare of China's hundreds of millions of microblog users is that of Ms Ji Yingnan, a mistress who shamed her former lover online. The 26-year-old former presenter of China Tourism and Economy Television identified her lover as Mr Fan Yue, a deputy director at the State Administration of Archives. She posted videos and pictures of the couple on the Internet in June, reported Chinese news portal Sohu. They showed the couple, who were 16 years apart in age, enjoying shopping sprees, splashing about in a private swimming pool and at a party, where the official asked his mistress to marry him.

According to Ms Ji, she exposed her boyfriend after discovering he was married with a teenage son.

"He always promised to marry me and I always thought he would be my fiance, or even husband," she told the Global Times. But what shocked the public were the staggering sums of cash involved. According to Ms Ji, her lover gave her 10,000 yuan (S$2,040) a day in pocket money in the four years they were together, a luxury car and promises of an apartment.

She told the Global Times she first reported Mr Fan to the authorities, believing he was involved in corruption. But she said she never received a reply and then decided to post her allegations online. The details of her lavish lifestyle raised the obvious question: How could her lover afford all this on a modest government salary? According to state-run news agency Xinhua, Mr Fan was sacked from his job in June and is now being investigated over the corruption allegations.

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