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‘They eat their children’ – Wife of former Interpol president who disappeared in China in 2019 calls Chinese government a ‘monster’


Grace Meng, the wife of former Interpol President Meng Hongwei, now lives in France with her two sons.Laurent Ciprian / AP Photo

  • The wife of former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei has attacked the Chinese government, calling it a “monster”.

  • Meng went missing in 2018 when he went missing on a return trip to China from France.

  • He resurfaced in a Chinese court in 2020 and was sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison.

The wife of a former Interpol president broke her silence while in exile in France, lashing out at the Chinese Communist Party in a scathing interview.

Grace Meng is the wife of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese Interpol chief who disappeared in 2018 while on a business trip to China after being stationed in France for two years. He was not heard from until he resurfaced in a Chinese court in 2020, where he was sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison for corruption.

His wife Grace, who was granted asylum in France in 2019 for herself and the couple’s twin sons and now lives under police protection, says her husband was jailed on false grounds because he harbored reformist views .

In an interview with the PA this week, Meng lashed out at the Chinese government, calling it a “monster.”

“Because they eat their children,” Meng said, explaining why she used the phrase to describe the ruling party in China.

“I have a responsibility to show my face, to tell the world what happened,” she told the AP. “Over the past three years I’ve learned – just as we know how to live with COVID – I know how to live with the monster, authority.”

Meng added that she had not seen or heard from her husband since he sent her two messages in September 2018 while on a work trip to Beijing. The first one said: “wait for my call”. The one that followed was much more disturbing – a kitchen knife emoji sent four minutes later.

Meng told the AP that she did not know if she would ever see her husband again or if he was still alive. She also added that while the disappearance of her husband was a “source of great suffering” for her, she suspected that many families in China were facing “a similar fate”.

“It has already saddened me beyond the point where I can be saddened more,” she said. “Of course, it’s just as cruel to my children.”

“I don’t want the children to have no father,” she told the AP. “Whenever the children hear someone knocking on the door, they will always see. I know they are hoping that the person who comes in will be their father. But each time, when they realize that it is not, they bow their heads, they are extremely courageous.

Meng Hongwei is one of several prominent figures who have disappeared in China. Most recently, tennis star Peng Shuai disappeared this month after accusing a senior Chinese politician of sexual assault. Celebrities and billionaires like Alibaba’s Jack Ma have also disappeared from the public eye after voicing their disagreement with how the Communist Party works.

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