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U.S. Bribery Case Sheds Light on Mysterious Chinese Company

By ALEXANDRA STEVENSON in The NY Times online, Nov 21, 2017
Patrick Ho flew to New York in fall 2014. His intention, according to the Justice Department, was to bribe African officials on behalf of a private Chinese conglomerate with global ambitions and enormous wealth.
In meetings at the United Nations, Mr. Ho, a former Hong Kong civil servant, laid the groundwork for millions of dollars of payments to the president of Chad and Uganda’s foreign minister in exchange for oil rights in the two countries, federal prosecutors say.
The accusations against Mr. …

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By Emily Rauhala and Simon Denyer in The Washington Post, Nov 21, 2017 at 3:05 AM
BEIJING — A Chinese court Tuesday convicted a prominent human rights lawyer of “inciting subversion of state power,” a vague charge often used to jail critics of the Chinese Communist Party, and sentenced him to two years in prison.
Jiang Tianyong, 46, is the latest lawyer known for defending government critics to be jailed. More than 200 have been detained over the past two years in the ongoing crackdown on criticism in China.
The court in …

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By ALEXANDRA STEVENSON in The NY Times online, Nov 21, 2017
Patrick Ho flew to New York in fall 2014. His intention, according to the Justice Department, was to bribe African officials on behalf of a private Chinese conglomerate with global ambitions and enormous wealth.
In meetings at the United Nations, Mr. Ho, a former Hong Kong civil servant, laid the groundwork for millions of dollars of payments to the president of Chad and Uganda’s foreign minister in exchange for oil rights in the two countries, federal prosecutors say.
The accusations against Mr. …

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By Choi Chi-yuk in South China Morning Post, Nov 22, 2017
China’s former internet tsar Lu Wei, who once sat in Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s seat during a visit to the California company, has been detained amid a Communist Party internal graft probe, its top anti-corruption agency said.
As head of the Cyberspace Administration of China and its predecessor organisation from 2013 to 2016, Lu was a crucial official in the implementation of President Xi Jinping’s cybersecurity policy. In his heyday, he wielded enormous power over what 730 million Chinese internet users …

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Report in Dhaka Tribune, Nov 22,2017
Bangladesh and Myanmar has began their long-sought two-day talks with high hopes that it will yield outcomes to sign an MoU enabling both the countries to start the repatriation process of all the Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their homeland Myanmar.
The international community is also watching the talks and its subsequent outcome as they want to see the safe and dignified return of the Rohingyas as quickly as possible.
The talks between senior officials of the two countries began on Wednesday with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque …

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Burma on Sunday to propose a solution to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. But instead of using its influence to rein in Burma’s military, China’s plan would encourage the government to keep mistreating minorities.
The Burmese military used attacks on army posts by a small Rohingya militant group in late August as an excuse to start “clearance operations.” Soldiers murdered and raped large numbers of civilians, according to eyewitness reports. Satellite photos confirm that some 300 Rohingya villages were burned. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled …