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Bribery cases prompt call for probe

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Prosecutors have been urged to "seriously probe" the dealings of Chinese executives and officials who have allegedly become embroiled in a culture of bribery with foreign firms.

The move stems in part from the Rio Tinto scandal, in which four Shanghai-based employees for the world's second-largest mining company were arrested and charged for trade secret infringement and bribery.

Chinese media have also in recent weeks exposed several other cases of State-owned companies and government institutions taking bribes from multinational firms to secure contracts for a wide range of products.

The latest case has seen China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), along with five other Chinese firms, accused of being involved in a $4.8-million bribery case with United States-based valve manufacturers Control Components Inc (CCI).

An anonymous source at CNOOC told Xinhua News Agency on Saturday the company was "innocent" and that no members of the staff had received bribes from CCI or its sales agents.

The US Department of Justice said CCI had admitted its staff had given money to executives in South Korea, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as staff at six Chinese State-owned firms, which also included Petro-China, Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corp, Guohua Electric Power, China Petroleum Materials and Equipment Corp, and Dongfang Electric Corp.

As of last night, none of the companies had made any statement concerning the al-legations.

But Chinese government advisers on anti-corruption yesterday urged prosecutors to carry out "serious investigations" into the enterprises.

"There have been just a few instances of further prosecutions but, in most cases, prosecutors have folded under pressure and in the face of difficulties surrounding their independent investigations," said Jing Yunchuan, chief lawyer at Gaotong Law Firm in Beijing and legal adviser to a number of State-owned firms.

Ren Jianming, an anti-corruption adviser and dean of the anti-corruption research center at Tsinghua University in Beijing, added: "Unless the central government backs follow-up investigations into those allegedly taking bribes from foreign firms, prosecutors still tend not to go further."

China Daily was unable to contact a spokesperson for the Supreme People's Procurator-ate yesterday, while a spokesman for CNOOC declined to comment.

Of the 500,000 suspected corruption cases probed in China over the past decade, 64 percent involved international trade and foreign business, according to a recent report published by Anbound, a Beijing-based consultancy firm.

No information was available on how many ended in prosecution.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Bribery cases prompt call for probe

Bribery cases prompt call for probeBrendan joined The China Daily in 2007 as a language polisher in the Language Tips Department, where he writes a regular column for Chinese English Language learners, reads audio news for listeners and anchors the weekly video news in addition to assisting with on location stories. Elsewhere he writes Op'Ed pieces with a China focus that feature in the Daily's Website opinion section.

He received his B.A. and Post Grad Dip from Curtin University in 1997 and his Masters in Community Development and Management from Charles Darwin University in 2003. He has taught in Japan, England, Australia and most recently China. His articles have featured in the Bangkok Post, The Taipei Times, The Asia News Network and in-flight magazines.