28th May 2020
The U.S. House voted Wednesday to authorize sanctions against Chinese officials for human rights abuses against Muslim minorities, as Congress and the White House ratchet up pressure on the government in Beijing amid rising tensions between the world’s two biggest economies. The 413-1 vote comes on the same day the… Read More
27th May 2020
The so-called Vancouver model is an outlier in the history of Canadian crime, a criminologist told B.C.’s public inquiry on money laundering Tuesday. Stephen Schneider told the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering that this system for laundering illegal funds from China and revenue from drug trafficking is exceptional. “I’ve… Read More
22nd May 2020
Two U.S. senators are proposing legislation to punish Chinese entities involved in enforcing proposed new security laws in Hong Kong and penalize banks that do business with those entities, adding to a growing list of initiatives in Congress aimed at China’s government. The bill is being introduced in Congress as… Read More
20th May 2020
The U.S. imposed sanctions on a Chinese logistics company that it says acted as a sales representative for blacklisted Iranian airline Mahan Air. The sanctions on Shanghai Saint Logistics Ltd., which has offices in Shanghai and Beijing, are part of ongoing efforts by Washington to shut down an airline… Read More
8th May 2020
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he expects the chamber to move soon to pass a bill that would call on the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s crackdown on the country’s Muslim minority groups. McConnell said the bipartisan bill introduced by Republican Senator Marco… Read More
4th May 2020
Without naming China, the Pentagon’s acquisitions chief warned Thursday of foreign adversaries using shell companies to buy into struggling small defense firms during the coronavirus pandemic. “We see a lot of shell companies coming in where the beneficial owner ends up being one of our adversaries,” Ellen Lord, the undersecretary… Read More
29th April 2020
Two Hongkongers recruited by fraudsters posing as mainland officials to “spy” on people suspected of money laundering have been arrested for duping victims out of HK$5.5 million (US$709,000), police said on Tuesday. The two suspects – a man, 23, and a woman, 25, who did not know each other –… Read More
28th April 2020
The United States faces a tough, messy battle if it uses a threat to trigger a return of all United Nations sanctions on Iran as leverage to get the 15-member Security Council to extend and strengthen an arms embargo on Tehran, diplomats said. Washington has shared its strategy, confirmed by… Read More
24th April 2020
When Jason Guo and his wife arrived at the Victorian manor house in the bucolic hilltop town in the Cotswolds, the only controversy he prompted was over planning permission. That changed on Wednesday morning when Mr Guo’s boutique hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, was raided by police as part of… Read More
23rd April 2020
The UN Security Council is calling for digitisation of shipping documents, stricter know-your-customer requirements and restrictions on individual vessels, after uncovering North Korea’s extensive ability to evade sanctions on petrol, coal, sand and other commodities. A UN report finalised in March and seen by GTR says satellite imagery has revealed… Read More