According to the French website owni.fr, which claims to know many inside stories about WikiLeaks, a number of major media, including The New York Times, Le Monde, and Der Spiegel, are collaborating with WikiLeaks. They plan to disclose U.S. State Department documents to the public. The following eight points briefly summarize some of the secret documents concerning China.
- Chinese government officials hold about 5,000 personal Swiss bank accounts with the Swiss global financial services company UBS. Two thirds of those accounts belong to high level central government officials.
- The source of the above-mentioned list of account holders came from a French employee at UBS, who was wanted by Swiss authorities for disclosing confidential information about bank customers. Scrolling through the list shows a lot of Chinese names.
- Hong Kong is a major place for top officials’ international money laundering. Beijing takes full advantage of the free port’s legal privileges. Each faction of the Communist Party (CCP) has its own bank and dealer.
- An established female hostess named Yang owns a jewelry shop in Hong Kong as a cover for money laundering for the relatives of central CCP officials.
- Even CCP officials with limited income and power have Swiss bank accounts at UBS. Most of the bureau-level CCP officials who have worked in Hong Kong since 2002 do, and even deputy director-level officials from offices in Liaison, Hong Kong, and Macao, the Taiwan Affairs Office, the United Front Work Department, have private accounts at UBS. Bribery money is the likely source of assets for these government employees.
- Beijing, having a friendly relationship with the Liberal Party of Canada, had been investing heavily in British Columbia, Canada, since 1998, and received kickbacks. The Conservative Party began to clean this up after it came into power. Gao Shan, who gave himself up for fraud last year after hiding out in Vancouver for eight years, was not a corrupt official as he was made out to be. He was a project manager who provided a reliable way to launder money for Lai Changxing, the billionaire who was extradited back to China for smuggling and bribery.
- The former chief of domestic security, Zhou Yongkang, who is engulfed in a corruption scandal and investigations, holds a $20 million bank account in Canada.
- China shifted funds from Canada to Australia after 2006. Beijing received kickbacks from all the main iron ore orders imported from Australia. Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was accidentally involved in the Chinese government’s internal disputes. The Shanghai faction handed over evidence against Rudd to his political opponents.
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