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All posts by Eric Carlson

Corruption Risks — China Travel Edition (Part I)

In any country, paying for travel for government officials, customers at state-owned enterprises, or customers at purely private enterprises can present corruption risks. Many worthy publications have addressed travel risks generally and how to minimize those risks, including establishing a true business purpose for the trip, ensuring transparency with the recipient’s organization, pre-approving a detailed itinerary to ensure that sightseeing/leisure does not predominate, paying expenses directly to vendors where possible, avoiding unnecessary stopovers or family members or friends accompanying, etc.… Continue Reading

China releases new judicial interpretation on bribery enforcement

China’s top judicial authorities released a new interpretation last week on how certain bribery crimes are to be enforced.

On December 26, 2012, China’s highest court, the Supreme People’s Court, and its top prosecutorial body, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, issued the “Interpretation of Several Issues Concerning the Specific Application of the Law in the Handling of Criminal Bribery Cases” (“the Interpretation”).… Continue Reading

China’s leadership transition and its impact on anti-corruption enforcement

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, holds the autographed basketball given to him by President Barack Obama in 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza-The White House)China’s new slate of leaders have been announced — the seven members of the Standing Committee of the Politburo, the highest-ranking body in the Communist Party (and therefore the country).… Continue Reading

China’s Overseas Bribery Law One Year On

As reported previously, in February 2011, China enacted an amendment to its Criminal Law that criminalized paying bribes to non-Chinese government officials and officials of international organizations (“the Amendment”).

The Amendment, which took effect in May 2011, reads:

Whoever, for the purpose of seeking illegitimate commercial benefit, gives property to any foreign public official or official of an international public organization, shall be punished in accordance with the provisions of the preceding paragraph [i.e.,

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Chinese Government Centralizes Database of Bribery Convictions

On February 16, 2012, China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (“SPP”), the main investigatory and prosecutorial arm of the Chinese government, in conjunction with other PRC anti-corruption agencies, announced that a database listing individuals and companies found guilty of certain bribery offenses now has nationwide scope.… Continue Reading

China’s Top Court Issues Interpretation On Transparency Regulation

China’s Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) recently issued a judicial interpretation of the “Regulation on Open Government Information” (“OGI Regulation”), the regulation adopted by the Chinese government in April 2007 in an effort to make government information more accessible to the general public in China. … Continue Reading

Letter From Beijing

Lawyer Eric Carlson introduces China’s FCPAIn late February, the PRC legislature passed 49 amendments to the Criminal Law, one of which criminalizes paying bribes to non-PRC government officials and to officials of international public organizations.… Continue Reading