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China’s biggest movie star has been wiped from the internet, and the mystery is why

HONG KONG — Zhao Wei has spent the past two decades as the Chinese equivalent of Reese Witherspoon, a beloved actress turned business mogul.

She has made award-winning films, sold millions of records as a pop singer, and built a massive social media following, amassing 86 million fans on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like microblogging site. She also made her fortune as an investor in Chinese technology and entertainment companies.