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    Former High-Level Banking Official Stands Trial
    Wang Yi, former vice governor at the China Development Bank, has gone to trial on charges of accepting 11.9 million yuan in bribes


    (Caixin Online) The trial of a former banking regulator and vice governor of a major policy bank began March 30. Following a two-year investigation, Wang Yi stood before a Beijing court, accused of taking bribes amounting to 11.9 million yuan.

    According to prosecutors, Li Tao, a Hong Kong businessman gave Wang 5.38 million yuan in exchange for Wang's help in obtaining bank loans for Li's highway construction project. Li has been arrested.

    Wang served as vice governor at the China Development Bank (CDB) when he was detained by party disciplinary officials in 2008. Before joining CDB, he worked as vice chairman at the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

    Another businessman surnamed Zhou sent money to Wang through his brother 12 times, at a total sum of 6.3 million yuan, to facilitate his borrowing from banks. Wang's brother pocketed 3 million yuan as commission.

    A movie star and a famous news anchor were mentioned in the trial, as evidence of Wang using his influence to transfer profits. Li testified that he was instructed by Wang to foot a 2 million yuan mortgage for Liu Fangfei, a news anchor at China Central Television. Under investigation, Wang asked Liu to return the money to Li with 40,000 yuan in interest. Li also said that he paid a movie star, Zhao Wei, 300,000 yuan for accompanying Wang to attend a grand opening of Li's department store in Shenzhen.

    "These are the facts," said Wang in court. "I used influence beyond direct power to earn profit for others, from which I also benefited."

    Wang was an amateur composer. Although he had trouble reading music, his symphony piece, Ode to China, was a performance staple for the China National Symphony Orchestra, and was performed in January 2008 at the renowned Musikverein concert hall in Vienna.
     
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    Gnawing issues in China-India relations
    By Wang Hui ( chinadaily.com.cn)
    Updated: 2010-04-09 14:44 Comments(24) PrintMail Large Medium Small
    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between India and China. Amid a series of exchanges of high-level congratulations and visits, news from the economic front is also exciting: The first two months of the year saw a 55 percent increase in bilateral trade as compared to 2009. All this seems to show that the relationship between the world's two most populous countries is faring well and will grow even stronger.

    Behind this promising picture, however, a few gnawing issues are still standing in the way between the two titans. If not handled properly, the road ahead for them would not be as smooth as expected.

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    First, China and India share about 2,000 kilometers of border, and the boundary has never been formally delineated. The famous poet Robert Frost said in a well-known poem that "Good fences make good neighbors." Many confrontations between countries have been ignited by disputes in their border area. The two sides should quicken their steps on demarcation consultations that began in the 1980s.

    Second, as China gains an increasing sphere of influence in the world arena, many Indians, including high-ranking officials, see China as a potential rival or even a threat to India. This may partly explain why India has yet to recognize China's market economy status, while over 60 countries have granted such status to China. Such anti-China sentiments will not help cultivate a friendly atmosphere for bilateral ties to grow, but rather sow the seeds of distrust between the two countries.

    Third, India has always harbored a grudge over China's all-weather friendship with Pakistan. The China-Pakistan relationship is based on mutual trust and mutual support in nation building and international cooperation. To maintain a peaceful external environment, China also wants to build closer ties with India. If China could become a mutual friend to the two Asian rivals, it will contribute more to regional peace and stability. This will eventually serve India's interests as well.

    To address these issues, the Indian side needs to show real sincerity in forging a more friendly relationship with China. An "Asia century" will remain only a dream until the two Asian giants can treat each other with mutual trust and respect.
     

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