Chinese writer set free
A Chinese writer linked to the investigation of an online petition calling for the Chinese president’s resignation has been released from custody. Jia Jia, who was taken away by police on March 15 from a Beijing airport, on Friday informed friends in a private social media group of his safety. His lawyer, Yan Xin, yesterday confirmed that Jia was free. “Thank you, everyone,” Jia posted on social media. “I dare not forget your concerns.” Jia is is part of a probe into an anonymous online letter that criticised President Xi Jinping and called for him to step down. “We don’t think Comrade Xi Jinping has the ability to lead the country into the future. We don't think he’s suitable,” said the letter, signed ‘Loyal Communist Party Members’.