A Guy Dumped Water on Baidu CEO Robin Li During a Live Event

By Bridget O'Donnell, July 3, 2019

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Baidu co-founder and CEO Robin Li was in for a bit of a shock during a company event earlier today after a man stormed the stage and dumped an entire bottle of water on him.

The incident took place in Beijing this morning just as Li was discussing the Chinese search engine giant’s self-driving cars during a live speech on AI. In response to the drenching, the flabbergasted tech billionaire asked in English, “What's your problem?”

Robin Li

A Guy Dumped Water on Baidu CEO Robin Li During a Live Event
Screengrabs via Tencent Video

The man then left the stage and was promptly tackled by security.

Watch a video of the incident below (VPN off):

Shortly after the video went viral, Chinese social media users tracked down the Weibo account of the alleged culprit, Cheng Guanqi. Several posts on his page indicated it was pre-planned, with Cheng apparently traveling all the way from Shanxi province to crash the event. All of those posts appear to have been deleted, but screenshots with timestamps and geotags have since been circulating online.

On the morning of July 2, Cheng allegedly posted: “My wife dropped me off at the bus stop. She has no idea what I’m going to do.”

Man dumps water on Robin Li
Image via @剧二代/Weibo

After arriving in Beijing this morning, Cheng then supposedly posted a picture of a Baidu robot, along with the caption “Xiaodu Xiaodu, what will happen if I pour water over your boss Robin Li’s head?”

A Guy Dumped Water on Baidu CEO Robin Li During a Live Event
Image via Sohu

The final photo, published just moments before the soaking took place, was a picture of a C’estbon water bottle. “I’m ready to go up,” read the caption.

A Guy Dumped Water on Baidu CEO Robin Li During a Live Event
Image via Sohu

A motive behind the man’s actions has yet to be established, according to the South China Morning Post. Baidu is currently investigating the incident.

[Cover image via Sohu]

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