Grace Meng’s husband vanished – and neither Beijing nor his employer would help her find him
Slight, urbane and with a doctorate in economics, Grace Meng seems an unlikely candidate to take on the might of the Chinese state.
Until last month she was living in expatriate obscurity in the French city of Lyon, where her husband, Meng Hongwei, served as the first Chinese head of Interpol – apparently a great source of national pride. Then, on a routine visit home in September, he vanished. He sent her a short message: “Wait for my call,” followed by an emoji of a knife, then silence. His call never came.