Archive for the ‘bribery’ Category

Vietnam: Official Suspended For Alleged Bribery

November 19, 2008

A Vietnamese official has been suspended from his job while authorities investigate whether he accepted bribes in connection with a Japanese-funded highway project, state media reported Wednesday.

Huynh Ngoc Sy, vice director of Ho Chi Minh City’s transportation department was overseeing a highway project that allegedly received bribes from Japan-based Pacific Consults International.

Four executives from Pacific Consults International pleaded guilty in a Tokyo court last week to paying $820,000 in bribes to Sy in exchange for contracts in the highway project. They said the payments were made in 2003 and 2004.

According to a report on the VietNamNet news Web site, Vietnamese authorities suspended Sy from his job on Wednesday while they conduct their own investigation into the bribery charges.

Officials at the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee were not available for comment.

Last week, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung promised Vietnamese lawmakers that the government would investigate the case thoroughly.

Corruption is rampant in Vietnam and the ruling Communist Party has vowed to make corruption one of its top priorities. Dozens of senior government officials have been jailed for graft in recent years.

Japan is Vietnam’s largest aid donor and has committed to giving the country $1.1 billion in aid this year, according to Vietnamese government figures. (AP)


Danger in China’s Capitalism: The Wild, Wild East?

January 11, 2008
By WILLIAM FOREMAN, Associated Press 

GUANGZHOU, China – Ron Rust and Beve Kozub were poking around the toy booths at China‘s biggest trade fair two years ago when something caught their eye: pouty-faced baby dolls snuggling in light blue and pink fleece blankets, their eyes tightly shut or gazing with a newborn’s woozy stare.

The American dealers plunked down $22,052 for a shipment of 2,740. But the lifelike dolls turned out to be knockoffs. Rust and Kozub were slapped with a lawsuit that could have cost them their home in Harmony, Pennsylvania.

The Americans fell prey to one of the many dangers of China’s rough and raw capitalism. It’s a cutthroat, predatory world where many factories cut corners to make an easy buck or just stay ahead of the thousands of others vying for their business. Safety scares, copyright ripoffs and outright thuggery are endemic.

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China Health Care Can’t Keep Pace with Growth

January 7, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s health care system is struggling to keep pace with the country’s economic growth and faces a major challenge in looking after its 1.3 billion people, the health minister said on Monday.

Many hospitals have resorted to charging premiums for medical care and prescriptions and deregulation of the health industry has brought a rash of scandals involving overcharging, bogus drugs and malpractice.

A nurse bathes a new-born baby at a hospital in Changzhi, Shanxi ... 

A nurse bathes a new-born baby at a hospital in Changzhi, Shanxi province, December 12, 2007. China’s health care system is struggling to keep pace with the country’s blistering economic growth and faces a major challenge in looking after its 1.3 billion people, the health minister said on Monday. (REUTERS/Stringer)  

The costs of seeing a doctor or staying in hospital are out of reach for many in the world’s….

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China’s Communist Rulers Reiterate The Rules

January 4, 2008

BEIJING – China‘s ruling Communist Party has warned officials against bribery, spreading hearsay and several other taboos, ahead of the reassignment this month of several provincial-level politicians to new posts, a government news agency said.

The no-nos were on a list of “10 taboos” released by the party’s central committee and discipline commission, Xinhua News Agency said late Thursday.

The taboos included lobbying officials of higher rank, handing out pamphlets or souvenirs without authorization, holding social activities to form cliques, and offering or taking bribes.

Also on the list were making phone calls, giving gifts, holding banquets or conducting visits to win support; covering up illicit activities; spreading hearsay against others; using intimidation or deception; and arranging jobs for others.

Many provincial-level officials….

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Chinese corruption

December 2, 2007

By Richard Halloran
December 2, 2007

Runaway corruption in China, says a compelling new report, poses a lethal threat to the nation’s economic development and “undermines the legitimacy of the ruling Chinese Communist Party.”

Evidence from official audits, press articles and law enforcement data, the report says, indicates that “corruption in China is both pervasive and costly.” Bribery, kickbacks, theft and fraud, particularly by party and government officials, are said to be rampant.

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China: Guilty Again of Cruel and Unusual Punishment

July 10, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
July 10, 2007

China’s state television and the official Xinhua News Agency said that China had executed Zheng Xiaoyu the former State Food and Drug Administration director.

Zheng Xiaoyu managed China’s operation to review and approve food and drugs from 1998 until 2005.

During Zheng’s tenure his agency approved six medicines that turned out to be fake, and the drug-makers used falsified documents to apply for approvals, according to previous state media reports.  One antibiotic caused the deaths of at least 10 people.
Photo courtesy of Xinhua.

Zheng, 63, was convicted of taking cash and gifts worth $832,000 when he was in charge of the State Food and Drug Administration.

At the time of his conviction, nearly all China watchers predicted that his sentence would be downgraded to life imprisonment, which is frequently the practice in such cases. In fact, in recent memory, there are no known senior officials that actually met their executioners even after a death sentence.

This execution was a needless act of cruelty to assuage the fears of the west about Chinese-made products and to “save face” for the Chinese leadership.

Listen to how China’s government spokesman characterized the execution.

“The few corrupt officials of the SFDA are the shame of the whole system and their scandals have revealed some very serious problems,” agency spokeswoman Yan Jiangying said at a news conference held to highlight efforts to improve China’s track record on food and drug safety.

SFDA stands for the State Food and Drug Administration.

So China, to lesson its own shame and to regain its market share, heartlessly executed a bureaucrat whose crime was looking the other way for less than a million dollars.

We deplore this killing as a needless and wonton abuse of human rights.  This one man is not the cause or source of China’s massive breakdown of proper procedures, checks and balances. His death adds nothing to China’s reputation and does nothing to restore western confidence in China’s products.


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