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PR firm Edelman's China chief missing

Friday, August 01 16:42:59

International public relations firm Edelman said it didn't know the whereabouts of its China chief, a week after saying he had been helping authorities with an investigation into one of its subsidiaries.

Chinese authorities visited the offices of the Edelman arm, Pegasus Public Relations Consulting, seeking help with an unspecified investigation on July 24, according to Edelman. China Chief Executive Steven Cao was cooperating with authorities, the company said at the time, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

Today the company said it didn't know where Mr. Cao was. "We have not been in contact with Steven, so we don't have any further information about Steven's whereabouts," it said in an emailed statement.

Edelman didn't disclose additional information about Mr. Cao's status. He couldn't be reached for comment.

In early July, when a former Edelman business partner, a news anchor for China's powerful state broadcaster named Rui Chenggang, was detained by authorities.

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