Rebuffed by The New York Times, Chinese tycoon Chen Guangbiao has not been put off in his pursuit of securing a stake in a U.S. newspaper.
According to media reports, the recycling magnate is interested in buying The Wall Street Journal.
"I am going to talk to The Wall Street Journal and find out if it's for sale," Chen said in an interview with Sinovision, a New York-based Chinese television station, on Wednesday.
Chinese billionaire and philanthropist Chen Guangbiao.STR | AFP | Getty Images
While the Wall Street Journal wrote its own article on Chen's visit to New York, there appeared to be no immediate statement from the newspaper on whether it had been approached by Chen regarding a possible stake.
Chen, who last week showed interest in buying a $1 billion stake in The New York Times, says he is no longer pursing a deal.
Chen was reported saying that a meeting with a small New York Times shareholder this week had been cancelled amid media attention after he had expressed an interest in acquiring a stake in the U.S. newspaper last week.
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His intention to acquire a stake in The New York Times has attracted much attention because of a promise to repair the newspaper's image in China.
China has blocked The New York Times website since the newspaper published a story in late 2012 on the family wealth of former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
In the interview with Sinovision, Chen said he was aware that many U.S. newspapers were Jewish-owned. He said he was ready for the job because he had "equally competent IQ and EQ" compared with Jews, adding: "I am very good at working with Jews."