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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

China Corruption Blotter (March 13, 2015)

Li Xiaoming, chairman of Hubei Renxin Real Estate Development Co Ltd and a delegate to the 12th Hubei Provincial People’s Congress, is being investigated for paying bribes to several government officials including Deng Dimin, former head of the Jingzhou City Urban and Rural Planning Bureau, in exchange for land use permits.… Continue Reading

China Corruption Blotter (February 20, 2015)

Former head of Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and Technology, Li Xinghua, went on trial for taking $6.54 million in bribes from companies in exchange for government subsidies. LED lighting manufacturer Dongguan Kingsun Optoelectronic Co Ltd allegedly offered Li company shares worth $1.4 million.… Continue Reading

Is an extradition treaty with China on the agenda?

China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying (Image courtesy of the China Ministry of Foreign Affairs)Chinese and U.S. officials will meet in August to discuss further cooperation in tracking down corrupt Chinese fugitives who fled with illicit gains.… Continue Reading

China bank execs under fire for graft

The president and party chief of China Minsheng Banking Corp, Mao Xiaofeng, has resigned after being investigated by anti-graft authorities.

Mao resigned for personal reasons unrelated to the bank’s operations, and the business is running as normal, the bank said in a statement to the Shanghai Stock Exchange.… Continue Reading

Will a pay raise keep the Mandarins honest?

China’s State Council has released a plan to increase salaries of civil servants amid public expectations that it will help curb corruption.
 
President Xi Jinping and other six members of the Politburo Standing Committee will have their annual salary increased from 7,020 yuan ($1,130) to 11,385 yuan ($1,759), a 62 per cent jump, according to the plan.… Continue Reading

China Corruption Blotter (January 30, 2015)

Shao Juntao, general manager of the No.1 branch of Guangxi Longlin-Baise Expressway Development Co Ltd, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for receiving $981,274 in bribes and offering half of them to Liao Xiaobo, vice-director of the Development and Reform Commission in Guangxi region.… Continue Reading

Shanghai officials punished for lavish dinner before deadly stampede

Eleven officials in Shanghai were punished for dinning at a luxury Japanese restaurant on New Year’s Eve when a deadly stampede took place, leaving 36 people dead and 49 injured.
 
Before the incident, the officials were invited by the Shanghai Bund Investment Group, a local state-owned investment company, to have dinner at a restaurant called Kongchan, or Utsusemi, near the stampede site, according to Shanghai authorities.… Continue Reading