chengxiang recently wrote a WeChat article saying he often encountered patients who fell for the fake adverti
sements, wasted money and treatment time and thus missed the opportunity to be cured.
The netizen also strongly opposed Li’s nomination shortly after the announce
ment, saying in an article that Li was morally unqualified because of Baidu’s insufficient regulation of adver
tising. The article went viral on social media but was removed over complains of libel by Baidu.
Li would not be the first controversial engineer to become an acade
mician, which carries perks such as stipends and medical se
rvices. In 2011, the public was outraged when Xie Jianping, a chemical engineer who created less harmful to
bacco products, became an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.