Fan Bingbing poses. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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Fan Bingbing, an A-list Chinese movie star who has appeared in the "X-Men" and "Iron Man" film franchises, has more than 62 million followers online in China and fronted campaigns for Montblanc watches and De Beers diamonds, has disappeared.Reuters was unable to contact Fan.Fan Bingbing is the most prominent example. The actress, 36, is China's equivalent of Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence.A Chinese TV anchor in May was widely reported to have posted tax-dodging pay agreements online known as "yin-yang" contracts – one setting out the real agreed payment terms and a second with a lower figure for the tax authorities – that appeared to implicate Fan.China's tax bureau said in June that it was launching a tax evasion investigation into the film and television industry.China has long sought to control the creative arts, from censoring movies to literature.The ongoing shake-up is also hitting China's burgeoning movie and entertainment industry hard.
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