A Beijing mansion owned by movie star Jackie Chan has been seized by authorities and is now up for auction. Details are still thin, but some analysts believe Jackie Chan may have been targeted for alleged tax evasion, linked to promotions he made from 2006 to 2008 for a real estate company in Beijing.
Two luxury Beijing apartments seized from martial arts film star Jackie Chan will be put up for auction for nearly £8million due to an ownership dispute.
Chan and his wife Joan Lin and son Jaycee Chan have lived in the high-end condos, which cover more than 1,200 square metres (13,000 square feet) with a market value of nearly £11million, in the Chinese capital since 2007.
Yet one wonders why now, given that Jackie Chans’ family has lived in the house for 13 years. And why have authorities in Beijing seemingly ignored Jackie Chans’ influence in China, Hong Kong, and even the United States, especially given his relatively positive stance on the Chinese rulers, in order to seize and sell auction his mansion.
The movement can be linked to battles between factions within the group. Ties to Jackie Chans are made through the network of former Vice President Zeng Qinghong, who was under the Jiang faction. It is the main faction fighting with the faction of Xi Jinping, the current leader of the Party. The timing of this move appears to be linked to the recent end of the high-level Party meeting in Beidaihe, after which Xi Jinping launched new purges targeting areas of society still controlled by the Jiang faction.
The properties are now valued at more than 100million yuan (£10.9million), according to the auction listing.