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FBI helps search for missing Chinese scholar

A Chinese student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has not been seen for four days after she was last caught on security footage getting into a car on Friday. A massive search continues to be carried out by both police and at the grassroots level.

"We are doing everything we can to search for her, including the use of resources offered by our partner law enforcement agencies and the FBI," UIUC Police Department Chief Jeff Christensen said on Tuesday.

Zhang Yingying, 26, a visiting scholar from Fujian, had been in the US for about a month. She was conducting research at UIUC's department of natural resources and environmental sciences and living in university housing.

According to local media, Zhang had sent a text message last Friday confirming to a prospective landlord that she was on her way to Urbana to sign a lease on an apartment, but she never showed up.

Her last phone activity was at 1:30 pm the same day saying that she was running late and would not be there until around 2:10.

The last message on her phone was from the landlord delivered at 2:38 pm. "Hey Yingying! Just checking in to see if you're on your way."

There was no reply.

Insurer Anbang says chairman 'unable to fulfill duties'

Chairman and CEO of Anbang Insurance Group Wu Xiaohui has authorized other executives to carry out his work as he is "unable to fulfill his duties" for personal reason, the Chinese insurer said late on Tuesday.

Financial magazine Caijing reported earlier on Tuesday that Wu was taken away by investigators.

Rumors of Wu under investigation have gathered pace. The Financial Times said earlier that the 50-year-old chairman was barred from travelling outside the country.

Wu made his last public appearance on May 15 attending a reception at the Belgian ambassador’s residence, when he met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Kris Peeters who was in China for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, according to the company's homepage.

In May, China Insurance Regulatory Commission banned Anbang Life Insurance from issuing any new products for three months after one of its annuity products was found to have violated rules.