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“Top 10 Most Likely Charges” Used by Chinese Government to Against Entrepreneurs

Posted by Author on July 27, 2013


If you have a business in China, then you must be very careful not to be put in prison. A recent media report summarizes “ten most likely crimes” of Chinese entrepreneurs. This shows what a complex legal environment they have to face.

Hence comments that, for all Chinese business owners, they are either in prison or on their way there. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Army’s “Department of Enemy Work” Reachs Out to Western Elites in Australia and US

Posted by Author on May 26, 2013


John Garnaut, China correspondent for Fairfax Media-

General Zhang Yang had been in the elite leadership sanctum of the People’s Liberation Army for barely a month when he took time out to greet a former vice-chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read the rest of this entry »

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Activist Exposed Video Of Tortured Chinese Businessman

Posted by Author on February 26, 2013


Xu Chongyang, a businessman from Wuhan, was arrested in 2011, for being critical to Bo Xilai.

On January 5, 2013, his jail service has expired, and he was released.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) alleged him behind the scene of being “Chinese Jasmine Revolution” provocateur and “US spy.” Beijing court sentenced him to 19 months in jail for fraud crime. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Lawyer hits out at China trial for Australian businessman

Posted by Author on August 10, 2011


(The Age)- AUSTRALIAN businessman Matthew Ng broke down in a Chinese court yesterday as he told how police had promised they would let him go if he handed over control of his multimillion-dollar company.

Mr Ng’s dramatic testimony corroborates claims by shareholders and supporters that his arrest was a ”shakedown” by Guangzhou’s most powerful state-owned company, Lingnan, along with a corrupt police force, procurator and court.

Mr Ng was taken by seven plain-clothes police from the basement of his home, in front of his wife and five-year-old daughter, in November last year just days after acrimonious commercial negotiations with Lingnan executives. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s tycoon hands out cash in a controversial trip in five times wealthier Taiwan

Posted by Author on January 27, 2011


HSINCHU, Taiwan — China’s most famous philanthropist began distributing cash in Taiwan on Thursday, the first day of a controversial trip that has sparked criticism and protests from anti-China groups.

Chen Guangbiao, who made his fortune recycling construction materials, handed Tw$7 million ($241,000) to charity groups in Hsinchu county in the island’s north, amid accusations he was promoting reunification with China.

“I don’t know anything about propaganda for Chinese reunification. I only know about charity and environmental work. I just want to do good,” 42-year-old Chen told AFP. Read the rest of this entry »

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Australian business leader arrested in China

Posted by Author on November 26, 2010


Sydney Morning Herald, Nov. 26, 2010 –

ONE of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs in China, Matthew Ng, has been detained on suspicion of embezzlement after an acrimonious business dispute with his Chinese joint business partner.

Guangzhou police are yet to lay charges or reveal their case for detaining him and this week refused his application for bail.

Mr Ng’s incarceration comes nine months after Australian iron ore salesman Stern Hu was sentenced to 11 years’ jail, amid fears that China’s business playing field is increasingly tilted against overseas business people. Read the rest of this entry »

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10 source of wealth of China’s Billionaires

Posted by Author on November 22, 2010


secretchina.com, Nov 21, 2010 –

In the last 30 years, many people have become billionaires in China. The source of their wealth has mainly been from the power of their family backgrounds and status. These sources are as follows:

1. Attract foreign investments as well as Chinese mainland overseas companies’ funds as foreign investment to invest back into China to earn commissions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nearly-completed residential building collapse kills eight workers in China

Posted by Author on October 4, 2010


AFP, Oct 3, 2010 –

BEIJING — A four-storey residential building under construction in northern China collapsed, killing eight workers and injuring three others, state media reported on Sunday.

The nearly-completed building collapsed in the city of Xian early Saturday and more than 300 rescue personnel worked until 3 am Sunday (1900 GMT Saturday) to free survivors, Xinhua news agency reported. Read the rest of this entry »

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Billionaires’ Dinner Sparks Debate About Social Responsibilities of China’s New Super-rich

Posted by Author on September 29, 2010


Tania Branigan in Beijing, guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 29 September 2010 –

It should have been the social event of the year. The setting was said to be a full-scale replica of the Château Lafite, complete with Greek statuary, a moat and its own wild duckpond. The hosts were world famous. The guestlist featured 50 of China’s richest business people.

Yet several billionaires snubbed Bill Gates and Warren Buffett – apparently fearful of demands to open their wallets at the charity-promoting banquet – and in doing so have provoked a debate about their apparent stinginess.

Critics argue that China’s new rich have ignored their social responsibilities in the rush for wealth. Among the most scathing is one of last night’s guests, Chen Guangbiao, who says Gates has inspired him to leave his fortune to charity when he dies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hong Kong Businesspeople’s Recent Published Magazine Confiscated by Authorities in South China

Posted by Author on September 22, 2010


Radio Free Asia, Sep. 21, 2010-

HONG KONG— Authorities in the southern Chinese boom town of Shenzhen have confiscated the entire first issue of a recently launched magazine which details the dangers of investing in the mainland, according to the publication’s disgruntled co-founder.

Xue Baoren, who has campaigned for the rights of investors in mainland China since a legal dispute with Shenzhen officials over a factory he leased, said the printing operations of Investments and Pitfalls magazine has been moved to his hometown of Hong Kong, where it will be distributed free of charge.

“I had the magazine printed [in May] at a factory in Shenzhen, and then I had planned to have it shipped to Hong Kong,” Xue said. “It was supposed to arrive on Aug. 27 but it was confiscated by the authorities in Shenzhen.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Printer of Book “The Great Migration” Arrested After the Author

Posted by Author on September 17, 2010


Reporters Without Borders, Sep. 17, 2010 –

Zhao Shun, a printer from the northeastern province of Hebei, was arrested earlier this week by the authorities of Weinan, in the central province of Shaanxi. The reason for his arrest has not been announced, but it was Zhao who printed “The Great Migration,” a book by journalist Xie Chaoping that seems to have been the reason for Xie’s arrest in Weinan on 19 August.

“Two men are now being held for writing and printing this book about the human impact of the Sanmenxia Dam, which was built across the Yellow River during Mao’s Great Leap Forward in the 1950s,” Reporters Without Borders said. “When will the Chinese authorities accept that journalists and academics can write about contemporary Chinese history without posing a threat?”

The press freedom organisation added: “We appeal to Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to intercede on behalf of Xie and Zhao and obtain their release without delay.”

Both Zhao’s family and Xie’s wife confirmed the arrest of Zhao, who printed Xie’s book in the form of a supplement in the newspaper Huohua (The Spark). More information about Xie’s detention: http://en.rsf.org/china-journalist-…

Xie’s lawyer said the police forced Xie to name the printer. Colleagues of Zhao have also been interrogated by the police.

A Chinese researcher specialising in journalists’ rights said the probable outcome of the arrests would be that those involved in publishing the book would be prosecuted on charges of “illegal commercial practices.”

Reporters Without Borders

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Businesses forced to hand over technology and accept Chinese partners

Posted by Author on August 22, 2010


By He Qinglian, Chinese economist, Via The Epochtimes, Aug. 21, 2010 –

Foreign businessmen in today’s China live in fear. Other businesses smugly observed and waited out the face-off between Google and the Chinese regime, assuming Google had overestimated its clout.

If Western businessmen were smirking at Google’s predicament, the publication of the Chinese regime’s “Several Opinions of the State Council on Further Doing a Good Job in the Utilization of Foreign Investment” wiped that smirk off their collective faces. The gist of the article: “The age of unconditional priority given to foreign investments in China” is now over.

Differing Opinions

Some foreign investors still dream of yesteryear’s privileges, hoping Chinese officials would listen and reconsider. This time they aired their dissatisfaction publicly instead of resorting to private lobbying.

The American Chamber of Commerce (China) and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China have published reports. These reports show the deep concern from the American and European business community over China’s protectionist policies.

On July 7, The World Bank Group published its 2010 report “Investing Across Borders,” listing China as one of the countries with the greatest limits on foreign investment. In mid-July, a number of international companies publicly criticized China’s commercial climate in a meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao. The companies included Siemens and BASF.

The foreign companies’ chief dissatisfactions falls in three areas.

First, their intellectual property is not protected. New rules force foreign companies to hand over trade secrets and new technologies to their Chinese partners in exchange for a market share.

Second, foreign investment companies, unlike their Chinese counterparts, are treated unequally in state bids.

Third, China has many rules applying to mergers and acquisitions. Foreign companies are required to partner with Chinese businesses, and the split must be 50-50.

Chinese officials, led by Premier Wen Jiabao, have disputed these barriers. Liu Yajun, director of the Department of Foreign Investment Administration of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, rejected the World Bank’s findings at a press conference.

Minister of Commerce Chen Deming told the U.K.-based Financial Times that China repeatedly lowered the entry barrier for foreign companies since it joined the WTO, and many international companies severely affected by the global financial crisis have found new revenue sources in China…...(more details from The Epochtimes)

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China jails Tibetan property tycoon for life time

Posted by Author on August 14, 2010


Jane Macartney, The Times, Via The australian, August 13, 2010 –

CHINA has sentenced to life imprisonment a property tycoon believed to be the country’s richest Tibetan businessman.

Once hailed by authorities as one of Tibet’s top ten outstanding young people, Dorje Tashi, 37, was sentenced on June 26 by the Lhasa Municipality Intermediate People’s Court, Tibetan sources told The Times.

Dorje Tseten, his elder brother, was jailed for six years.

Details of the charges were not available, but if they were political then such secrecy is not unusual in Tibet – where officials are anxious to avoid further unrest.

Many in the deeply Buddhist population resent Beijing’s rule and yearn for the return of the exiled Dalai Lama.

The absence of any reports in China’s state media underscored the possibility that the arrests may have been related to activities deemed political.

However, court sources said that the conviction was based on “illegal business operations” involving Mr Dorje’s Yak Hotel, the best-known and oldest in Lhasa – the capital of the region.

The court confiscated Mr Dorje’spersonal property, estimated to be 4.3 billion yuan ($707 million). He was arrested in March 2008, shortly after an anti-Chinese riot rocked Lhasa, even though he had been praised at the time for supporting the government crackdown and providing supplies to security forces.

Mr Dorje was well known in Lhasa after he founded the popular hotel.

He operated many other enterprises, from property to trading companies, and had close links with Chinese authorities. Shortly after his arrest, however, there were reports that he had made donations to monasteries, or even the Dalai Lama – donations which would have enraged Beijing.

The Australian

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China: Anger over attacks on journalists by officials and enterprises

Posted by Author on August 9, 2010


By Kathrin Hille in Beijing, The Financial Times, August 8 2010 –

A five centimetre-long scar on Fang Xuanchang’s shaved head tells of what happened to him six weeks ago.

Mr Fang, a science reporter, was attacked from behind by two men with metal bars on the night of June 24. The journalist believes the thugs were hired by a health-products marketer whom he portrayed as a quack in one of his stories.

The police have made no progress in identifying the attackers, and Mr Fang says none of several eyewitnesses has been questioned.

Violence against journalists in China is nothing new but recent conflicts between reporters and the companies they report on have triggered an angry debate about the confused roles of the media and state power.

“The traditional conflict pattern would be between the media and government, but now it becomes clear the real trigger is when certain people feel threatened in their personal interests,” says Zhao Li, deputy editor at Caijing, where Mr Fang now works. The magazine has long been a stronghold of investigative reporting in China.

Last month, police in a town in the coastal province of Zhejiang listed Qiu Ziming, a reporter for the Economic Observer, as one of the nation’s most wanted criminals after he accused Kan Specialty Materials, a local listed company, of financial irregularities.

A wave of online protests forced the police to cancel the wanted notice. However, they have not closed their investigation.

The same week, a journalist at the China Times was attacked following a story alleging illegal financial transactions at Shenzhen International Enterprise.

One day later, journalists working for National Business Daily were attacked by men identifying themselves as representatives of BaWang International, a shampoo maker that the newspaper had accused of selling products tainted with toxic chemicals.

“The fact that a company can enlist state authorities to fight its private battles highlights the core problem: our police and judiciary are not independent and there is widespread collusion between officials and enterprises,” says Mr Zhao.

He says local government officials and party cadres often order law enforcement organs or courts to act against media after reporters touch on their personal financial dealings.

Last month, a party official in charge of the local propaganda department in a town in Anhui province was convicted on corruption charges. Also in July, the party in Chongqing municipality began an investigation into allegations that its propaganda chief had acted as an intermediary for the local Hilton hotel in an argument over a negative media report.

However, the lines are less than clear-cut. China’s ruling Communist party traditionally sees the media’s main role as propaganda instruments. Career paths for journalists often involve crossing over into government or party jobs. Party propaganda officials have typically served as editors of state newspapers or broadcasters. Following the spread of market principles in China’s economy and the commercialisation of the media in particular, the lines have become similarly muddled between media and enterprise.

– The Financial Times: Anger over attacks on journalists in China

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Former Australian defence minister’s Chinese Woman benefactor sued by a large state-owned-enterprise

Posted by Author on August 4, 2010


RICHARD BAKER, PHILIP DORLING AND SANGHEE LIU, The Age, Australia, August 4, 2010 –

A MAJOR Labor Party donor
and benefactor of former defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon is the subject of a formal complaint by a large Chinese state-owned-enterprise which alleges the businesswoman defrauded it of millions of dollars.

The Age has learned that Chinese-Australian property developer Helen Liu was named by a Beijing company in a complaint submitted to Chinese public security authorities earlier this year.

It is believed that the state-owned Beijing Heng Tong Trust and Investment Company has asked the authorities to investigate Ms Liu for allegedly embezzling $6 million through a 1990s real estate project in the port city of Qingdao that was designed to attract Australian investors.

Ms Liu has had an association with the Fitzgibbon family since the early 1990s and was last year identified by a group of Australian Defence Department officials as a potential national security threat because of her ties to some of China’s military, political and economic elite.

A major donor to New South Wales ALP, Ms Liu helped finance two of Mr Fitzgibbon’s election campaigns and also paid for him to travel to China twice in trips he belatedly disclosed to Federal Parliament.

Mr Fitzgibbon, who recently said publicly he wished to return to a ministerial portfolio if Labor wins the August 21 federal election, rented a Canberra residence from Ms Liu’s family while he served as defence minister from December 2007 until his mid-2009 resignation.

His resignation came because of conflict-of-interest issues involving his brother Mark, the head of health fund NIB.

Chinese authorities have allegedly been asked to investigate whether forged government approval documents and unregistered companies were used by Ms Liu to persuade the state-owned enterprise to invest in the project.

Representatives from Heng Tong declined to speak to The Age.

The Age reported earlier this year that Heng Tong accused Ms Liu of allegedly illegally diverting 24,680,000 Chinese yuan ($6 million) into her Australian property companies in the 1990s.

The companies, which controlled a Sydney property portfolio valued at about $60 million, have since been deregistered.

Two of the companies, Diamond Hill International and Wincopy, provided $40,000 to help finance Mr Fitzgibbon’s 1996 and 1998 federal election campaigns.

Ms Liu’s companies and her sister gave a further $105,000 to the NSW ALP between 1998 and 2007.

Mr Fitzgibbon’s position as defence minister was jeopardised in March 2009 when he repeatedly denied receiving any significant gifts or travel from Ms Liu.

However, shortly after his denials he disclosed he took trips to China in 2002 and 2005 that were funded by Ms Liu.

Mr Fitzgibbon, who denies any interest in Ms Liu’s commercial affairs, last year said through his then spokesman that both trips were for ”cultural” purposes.

His father, former Labor MP Eric Fitzgibbon, earlier this year admitted helping Ms Liu sell the Qingdao apartments that the Heng Tong company claims its money was meant for.

Ms Liu, who could not be contacted by The Age, has taken legal action against The Age to find out the source of documents obtained earlier this year which provide an insight into her commercial affairs.

Mr Fitzgibbon has taken legal action against several Fairfax Media publications, claiming reports about his friendship with Ms Liu had defamed him.

Fairfax has said it will vigorously defend the legal action.

With A.L.R. GAO

The Age

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Wealthy Chinese flock to the West

Posted by Author on July 27, 2010


By Chris Hogg, BBC Shanghai Correspondent, July 27, 2010 –

Growing numbers of rich Chinese are applying for permanent residency in western countries under programmes that allow investors with a high net worth to “buy” citizenship.

The number of Chinese investors granted permanent residency in Canada has doubled in two years.

Ottowa has now halted all applications to its federal immigrant investor programme while it consults on plans to double the funds needed to obtain a visa.

Applicants are still allowed to apply to a scheme run by the province of Quebec, however.

And at seminars run by visa consultancy firms in China, advisors are encouraging people to apply for the scheme before Quebec also doubles its minimum requirements to match the federal government’s proposals.

Cash and experience

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, in a conference room at a five star Shanghai hotel, more than 30 potential “investor applicants” arrive to hear how they might be able to exchange their cash for a foreign passport.

Many are in their 30s. There are several young couples. Most are professionals. Few are dressed smartly. They appear to be a pretty average cross-section of Shanghai’s moneyed middle class.

They are shown a video that the visa company has made to promote Canada, and the country’s visa application service.

“You don’t have to worry about integrating,” the video’s commentary declares. “You don’t even need to speak English.”

Then the advisors go through the detail.

The Quebec scheme requires applicants to show they have a net worth of C$800,000 (US$776,000; £502,000) and they must invest up to C$400,000.

They also need to show they have had two years experience in management.

Different requirements
 
That’s considerably cheaper, they point out, than the UK, which requires investors to invest £1m ($1.5m) for five years.

There are pros and cons of each of the countries’ schemes.

Canada’s applications currently take about two and a half years, but the financial requirements are the lowest in the world.

The United States requires applicants to invest up to $1million (£646,000) in a business that creates at least 10 new jobs. Applications take up to one and a half years.

The UK’s application process is the quickest. It can be completed in just three months, according to the visa consultants at the seminar, and there is no interview.

But it is also the most costly.

“Usually, the applicants are business owners or senior managers,” explains Vincent Chen, senior consultant for the Visa Consulting Group.

“The average age is 40 to 45, but it’s getting younger.”…… (more details from BBC News)

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Two German Business Chiefs Criticize China

Posted by Author on July 20, 2010


By Andrew Willis, via The Business Week, July 19, 2010 –

Two of Germany’s leading industrialists publicly attacked China’s business environment during a meeting with the country’s premier, Wen Jiabao, over the weekend (17 July).

Jürgen Hambrecht, chairman of giant chemical company BASF (BASFY), and Peter Löscher, chief executive of industrial conglomerate Siemens (SI), added their voices to a growing clamour of criticism against Chinese rules that are seen as disadvantaging foreign firms.

Mr Hambrecht said foreign companies are frequently forced to transfer business and technological “know-how” to Chinese companies in exchange for market access.

“That does not exactly correspond to our views of a partnership,” he told Mr Wen at the roundtable discussion in the northwestern Chinese city of Xian, according to German journalists who attended the meeting.

The strong statements are particularly noteworthy due to their public nature and delivery during a meeting also attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in China as part of a four-day state visit.

Mr Löscher voiced widespread complaints about draft Chinese public procurement rules which are intended to support “indigenous innovation,” a policy foreign companies fear could shut them out of lucrative government contracts.

The Siemens boss also called on China to remove investment restrictions in certain sectors, reported German daily Handelsblatt. At present, foreign companies can be required to form joint ventures with Chinese companies when setting up shop in China, as exemplified by the Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive company.

Mr Wen reportedly responded to the criticism by telling Mr Hambrecht to calm down, insisting that China remained committed to opening its economy. “Currently there is an allegation that China’s investment environment is worsening. I think it is untrue,” Mr Wen said.

But the comments from two of Europe’s leading industrialists come on top of a recent survey by the EU’s chamber of commerce in China which showed that foreign executives hold an increasingly gloomy outlook regarding China’s regulatory setup.

The increasing fears of discrimination led the EU chamber’s president Jacques de Boisseson to suggest firms may even consider pulling out of China altogether.

“Nobody should take for granted that European companies will continue investing whatever the business environment,” said Mr De Boisseson.

The Business Week

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“Shen Yun is the world’s best”, says Taiwan jewellery company owner

Posted by Author on April 4, 2010


TAINAN, Taiwan— The operator of a jewellery company based in Taiwan’s southern city of Tainan said Shen Yun put on the best performance she has ever seen. Ms. Huang Hsiu-Mei owns Shibaofang Jewelry Company and is a long-time supporter of the Rotary Club. After attending the New York-based dance company’s second performance in the Tainan Municipal Cultural Center, Ms. Huang said: “I’ve traveled around the world, and seen performances wherever I’ve been, but Shen Yun is the world’s best. It was too good! Just incredible!

Ms. Huang added that she has seen a lot of dance performances abroad, but feels that Chinese dance has the most character, and the deepest inner meaning. The Shen Yun performers’ beautiful outfits melded perfectly with the characters they were playing. The dancers had a soft and graceful demeanor, like floating heavenly maidens. She liked every performance, but the ethnic Miao dance gave her the deepest impression.

“The dancers were all so young, and they played their parts so well,” she said. “As they danced they were so light-footed. Every performance had its own special character, especially the Miao ethnic dance that was just outstanding.”

Huang Hsiu-Mei admired the dancers’ smiles during the various ethnic dances. She said their radiant smiles lifted the atmosphere of the whole theatre, and lifted the spirits of the audience. “They smiled the whole way through each movement. Their faces were nothing but smiles. It was great.”

She said the live orchestra accompaniment, especially the seamless combining of Eastern and Western instruments, was just perfect. It melded flawlessly with the dancers and the inner meanings they were expressing.

She said that Shen Yun wasn’t just the best Chinese dance performance, but it was the best performance in the world. “Out of all the Chinese dances, I think Shen Yun is the best,” she said. “I’ve seen a lot of foreign dances, and no matter whether it’s the world’s best performances in Paris or Russia, and Shen Yun is different. It’s just outstanding.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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18 more Australians facing charges of ‘economic crimes’ in China

Posted by Author on March 31, 2010


Malcolm Farr, The Daily Telegraph, Australia, March 31, 2010 –

THE Government is tracking the trials of 18 Australians facing charges of “economic crimes” as it deals with the 10-year sentence imposed on former mining executive Stern Hu.

The clear majority of Australians before the courts in China — 18 of a total of 23 — have been arrested in relation to “fraud and other economic crimes”, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said yesterday.

There are 17 Australians serving sentences in Chinese prisons, according to DFAT. Most were convicted of fraud or corruption.

A further two were on assault charges, one is on a charge for a car accident, one for a visa violation and one is on a drugs charge.

Hu, an Australian citizen, was sentenced to ten years in jail plus two hefty fines for bribery and industrial espionage after a three-day trial, in which the part covering claims of spying was closed to Australian observers.

In related developments, corporate watchdog the Australian Securities and Investments Commission said yesterday it was monitoring developments after the jailing of Hu.

And in London, the Serious Fraud Office said it was reviewing whether to launch an inquiry following comments by the Chinese judge who sentenced Hu and his three Chinese colleagues in Shanghai on Monday……. (more details from The Daily Telegraph)

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Rudd criticises China over Hu case

Posted by Author on March 30, 2010


AAP via Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, Mar. 30, 2010-

By holding part of an Australian businessman’s criminal trial in secret, China has missed an opportunity to prove itself on the world stage, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says.

A Shanghai court yesterday sentenced Rio Tinto mining executive Stern Hu to 10 years behind bars for taking bribes and stealing trade secrets.

Hu admitted to the bribery charges but the commercial secrets elements of the trial were heard in secret.

Mr Rudd said that left “serious unanswered questions” about his conviction.

“In holding this part of the trial in secret, China I believe has missed an opportunity to demonstrate to the world at large transparency that would be consistent with its emerging global role,” he told reporters in Melbourne today.

“Australia … has reservations about the manner in which the second charge contained within this particular court case has been handled.”

Mr Rudd said the federal government made strong, frequent and high-level representations to Chinese officials on behalf of Hu and would continue to do so.

He expects the bilateral relationship between China and Australia to sustain the pressure of Hu’s trial and sentencing.

“We’ve had disagreements with our friends in Beijing before, I’m sure we’ll have disagreements again,” Mr Rudd said.

Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop questioned the strength of a consular agreement between the two nations, which should have allowed local officials to attend Hu’s trial in its entirety.

“If China is able to ignore the agreement in these circumstances, are there other circumstances where the consular agreement will not be adhered to?” she asked on ABC Radio.

“This would be an issue of great concern to many companies from Australia and also around the world.”

Ms Bishop accused Mr Rudd of engaging in “megaphone” diplomacy, instead of telephoning Chinese officials to discuss the issue.

Australian Greens leader Bob Brown said the government was scared to push China on the matter because it did not want to damage trade relations between Australia and China.

“Beijing sends a certain fear into the hearts of politicians in Canberra,” he said.

“There’s no doubt the pressure for trade overcomes the pressure for democracy, human rights and the proper processes under the law.”

Three of Hu’s Chinese colleagues were also jailed for terms ranging from seven to 14 years. (via Sydney Morning Herald)

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China Missed Chance for Open Rio Trial, Rudd Says

Posted by Author on March 30, 2010


By Marion Rae, Bloomberg, via BusinessWeek-

March 30 (Bloomberg)
— China “missed an opportunity” to be transparent and give companies more confidence by hearing charges of industrial espionage against four Rio Tinto Group executives in secret, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said.

China had the chance “to demonstrate to the world at large transparency that would be consistent with its emerging global role,” Rudd said in Melbourne today. There are “serious unanswered questions” about the conviction of Stern Hu, the Australian executive who led Rio’s iron ore unit in China.

Hu was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison by a court in Shanghai and colleagues Liu Caikui, Wang Yong and Ge Minqiang given prison terms of between seven and 14 years. They were found guilty of bribery and stealing commercial secrets after China’s anti-graft authorities vowed this year to crack down on corruption.

Australian officials were present when the court heard evidence about bribery charges against the four, who were accused of accepting money in exchange for giving priority access to iron ore to steel mills.

“Australia condemns bribery where ever it occurs,” Rudd said. “Australia also, however, has reservations about the manner in which the second charge, contained within this particular court case has been handled.”

Trade Pacts

The case frayed ties with Australia after Rio rejected a $19.5 billion investment from China last year. Rudd said he expects other pacts with China will survive the Hu ruling.

China is Australia’s largest trading partner, with a two- way relationship worth A$83 billion ($76 billion). Iron ore makes up half, or A$22.1 billion, of Australian exports to China. The country is also Australia’s largest source of overseas students and 15th largest investor.

The Rio trial raises questions about how global companies navigate a country when engaged in commercially sensitive issues such as iron ore price negotiations.

“There are real concerns in the business community now about the trend of China’s policy and whether in the years ahead China will be more or less open for foreign companies,” John Frisbie, president of the U.S.-China Business Council, a trade group in Washington, told Bloomberg Television today.

A clear definition is needed between state secrets and commercial secrets, as confidence “does revolve around transparency,” he said……. (more details from Business Week)

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Australian company head Sentenced to 10 years, China business and political environment unpredictable

Posted by Author on March 29, 2010


JOHN GARNAUT AND SANGHEE LIU, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, March 29, 2010 –

Australian
Stern Hu has been sentenced to 10 years’ jail by a Chinese court for stealing commercial secrets and receiving bribes.

His three Rio Tinto colleagues will face between seven and 14 years for the same charges.

The sentences were at the higher end of expectations and will add to fears that China’s business and political environment is becoming increasingly unpredictable.

The case against Hu has strained relations between Australia and China, with the three-day hearing taking place last week in a closed court and Australian consular officials barred from hearing some evidence.

Australian officials were allowed into the court for today’s verdict, while journalists were able to watch on a video screen in an adjoining room.

Hu, the head of the Anglo-Australian miner’s Shanghai office, and the three Chinese men – Wang Yong, Liu Caikui and Ge Minqiang – had pleaded guilty to taking $US13 million ($A14.33 million), and one admitted to commercial espionage.

The men have been in custody for more than eight months.

The four Rio employees were arrested last July during contentious iron-ore contract talks between top mining companies and the steel industry in China, the world’s largest consumer of the raw material. The talks collapsed.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the world would be watching the trial, which has been widely seen as a test of the rule of law in China and has sparked concerns about doing business in the world’s third-largest economy.

Three decades after China opened up to the world, US and European businesses are now complaining of increasingly onerous rules, preferential treatment for local firms and growing nationalism.

A prosecutor had recommended that Hu be given a lenient sentence after he apologised to the court and to Rio, saying he took more than $US900,000 ($A994,475) to help childhood friends in need, his lawyer Jin Chunqing said.

At the three-day trial of the Rio employees, the court heard evidence that millions of yuan in bribes had been stuffed into bags and boxes for the accused, according to state media.

Hu took money from small private steel companies, which before the global financial crisis were locked out of buying iron ore from Rio because the mining giant prioritised large state-run steel companies, Jin said.

When the global economic crisis hit in September 2008, demand for iron ore plummeted and the smaller players paid bribes “to squeeze into the club and join the buyers,” he said.

Wang strongly objected to the bribery allegations, saying he simply borrowed the money from one of China’s richest men, Du Shuanghua, the National Business Daily said.

Du, the former head of Shandong-based Rizhao Iron & Steel group, has contradicted Wang’s account, saying he paid the Rio employee $US9 million ($A9.94 million) for preferential treatment, the newspaper said.

Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith chastised China last week for locking the country’s diplomats out of the courtroom during the hearings on the commercial espionage allegations.

China appeared to have broken its own laws by excluding Australia’s consular staff from the hearings, according to New York University professor Jerome Cohen, a leading US expert on Chinese legal issues.

The decision “to exclude the Australian consuls violated existing Chinese law, which since 1995 has explicitly instructed China’s courts to permit foreign consular representation even at non-public trials,” Cohen wrote in an article co-authored with Yu-Jie Chen, a fellow at the US Asia Law Institute.

Hu’s lawyer Jin Chunqing told The Associated Press by telephone that an appeal had not yet been decided.

“We haven’t decided yet if we would appeal to the higher court or what we should do for the next step, as we need to meet and discuss with Stern face to face, and as soon as possible,” Jin said.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Canada Mining Company Chair Enjoys ‘Spectacular’ Shen Yun Show

Posted by Author on March 27, 2010


VANCOUVER, British Columbia— Vancouverites gave a warm welcome to Shen Yun Performing Arts at its opening show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday night.

Among the audience were Bill Meeks and his wife, Julie, who both thoroughly enjoyed the show.

“It was spectacular; the themes, the scenes, the beauty, the dancing, the precision—just the glorious sights,” said Mr. Meeks.

Mr. Meeks is chairman of Pacific Booker Minerals, a mining company whose head office is in Vancouver. The couple, who live in Whistler, B.C., just returned from a month in China.

Speaking during the intermission, Mr. Meeks said he thought the Shen Yun orchestra, with its blend of Western and Chinese instruments, was “excellent. I think the music’s marvellous.”

New York-based Shen Yun has three companies currently touring on three continents. The Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company is touring western Canada.

“I just thought it was marvellous and I’m very impressed with all the women, they all seem to be the same height, and the men all seem to be the same height, and their athletic ability is fabulous,” said Mrs. Meeks.

Having been “a bit of a gymnast” herself in the past, Mrs Meeks said she especially appreciated the “well trained” dancers.

At the core of the Shen Yun shows are spectacular large-scale dances that include classical Chinese dance as well as ethnic and folk dances.

“This was Olympic-standard dancing. Superb,” said Mr. Meeks. “I’d recommend anyone who’s interested in dancing or interested in Asia to come and see it.”

He added that there were two aspects of the show that particularly impressed him—“the quality of the singing and the precision of the dancing. I mean it’s just like watching everybody doing exactly the same thing at exactly the same moment. And certainly the physical movements are exceptional.” (by The Epochtimes)

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