Chinese woman undergoes plastic surgery
to evade $3.7 million debt: media
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[July 29, 2017]
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A 59-year old
woman from the central Chinese city of Wuhan transformed her appearance
through plastic surgery in order to avoid 25 million yuan ($3.71
million) of personal debts, state news agency Xinhua said.
In a case highlighting the challenges facing China as it tries to
establish a "credit society", police officers were reported to be
"astonished" after apprehending the woman, who fled to the southeastern
Chinese city of Shenzhen after a court in Wuhan ordered her to pay off
"We were very surprised at the scene," the official Xinhua news agency
quoted a policeman as saying. "She looked in her thirties and was
different from the photos we had."
The woman, identified as Zhu Najuan, also confessed to using other
people's identity cards to travel across the country by train. She
financed her plastic surgery using borrowed bank cards, Xinhua said late
Representatives from more than 300 Chinese cities released a declaration
earlier in July promising to make more credit available for consumer
spending, part of the country's efforts to find new sources of economic
growth and reduce its dependence on heavy industry and state-driven
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But as the country strives to make more credit available to
individuals, it is also facing a surge in household debt, which is
estimated to have reached around 50 percent of gross domestic
product last year, more than doubling in less than a decade.
As regulators try to establish a reliable nationwide credit rating
system, authorities across the country are also exploring new ways
to crack down on those who do not pay debts.
According to state media, one court in Jiangsu province has drawn up
a blacklist of defaulters. Anyone who telephones an individual on
the blacklist will first be forced to listen to a pre-recorded
message saying "please urge this person to fulfill their legal
Xinhua said the city of Wuhan has also launched a series of
crackdowns on debt defaulters, and detained a total of 186 people in
the first half of the year.
($1 = 6.7362 yuan)
(Reporting by David Stanway; Editing by Kim Coghill)
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