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The Update Report on China Anti-Bribery(April of 2013)

Q: Did China promulgate the new laws or regulations in respect of anti-bribery?

A: No. China government did not yet promulgate any new laws or regulations in anti-bribery sector until the beginning of May 2013.

Q: Is there any new case reported in China’s anti-bribery practice?

A: Yes. There are several cases reported about the state-owned enterprises officer’s corrupt practice. For example, Mr. Sun Yongfa, a former chairman of state-owned CITIC Guoan Gold Company Limited, was reportedly sentenced to life in prison by the Intermediate People’s Court of Zhangye City, Gansu Province for embezzlement. He was alleged to illegally grant gold mining exploration rights to a private company, which is not eligible for such rights, in exchange of RMB 10 million (USD 1.62 million). Also, Mr. Sun was charged with committing embezzlement with RMB 8 million(USD 1.29 million).

Q: Does China take new step to fight bribery or corruption?

A: Yes.  Some online media in China are trying to use internet to supervise and fight against corruption or anti-bribery. People’s Daily Online, Xinhua Net, Sina and Sohu have already opened their special web pages which allow people to easily access to report officials involving corruption activities. In the past, many bribery cases were alleged to the public through internet or social network such as WeiBo or WeChat. Clearly, internet is playing more and more role in fighting against bribery or corruption.

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