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Chinese space manager placed on leave for beating up scientists


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A top manager of China’s space programme, Zhang Tao, who assaulted two respected scientists, according to media reports, has been placed on forced leave.

Reports said the injured scientists, 85-year-old Wu Meirong and Wang Jinnian, 55, have been placed on hospital admission.

As reported by China News Weekly, the manager had invited the two for dinner with an intention to ask them to recommend him for admission into the Aeronautics Academy.

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Wang Jinnian hesitated and argued that they had only just met him and did not know enough about his work.

A visibly angry Tao argued and tried to hit him.

His aggressive reaction made both scientists announced their plan to leave.

Tao was said to have taken his colleagues to Wang Jinnian’s flat and beat up the two scientists, according to a surveillance camera footage.

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The China Aerospace Science and Technology Group Corporation (CASC), the umbrella body of the space industry, also said that an investigation had been launched.

It said the board and party chief of its investment arm, Zhang Tao, had “hit someone after he had been drinking.’’

In the incident in Beijing a month ago, the 57-year-old had seriously injured the two Chinese members of the Stockholm-based International Academy of Aeronautics, according to press reports.

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In spite of the attack, the CEO was able to go about his work unchallenged.

The Parent company, The China Aerospace Science and Technology Group Corporation has also come under criticism, while photos and details made the rounds.