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Huawei and ZTE suffered a PR blow this week after it emerged that executives from the company had been convicted of bribery offences in Algeria and sentenced in their absence to ten years each in jail. Local French language news site Presse-DZ reported that international arrest warrants had been issued for ZTE's Dong Tao and …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Chinese morality is amusing.

    Cheating is OK as long as you don't get caught, oops!

    (as opposed to the western version which is more like as long as you can rationalize what you're going as 'good' somehow carry on regardless, less amusing though).

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Chinese morality is amusing.

      As an adendum it's nice to see countries give jail sentences for this sort of white collar crime, instead of huge fines.

      1. James Micallef Silver badge
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        Jail sentences

        Yep, completely agree with that.

        Oh, and western companies have been doing this for years. Although bribery was illegal in US, Europe etc, they would happily bribe leaders in developing countries to get business (and in some countries, bribery was the ONLY way to do business). It's only recently that western countries have extended their laws to make it illegal for a 'western'-based company to bribe someone in a completely different country. Possibly this is one reason why the corrupt developing-country (Algeria in this case but I'm sure there are others) apparitchiks turned to China to find people who WOULD pay the required bribes.

        Hopefully other nations will follow suit in tightening influence-peddling and increasing transparency

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Chinese morality is amusing.

      Could use the term a Leopard never changes his spots, once a Chinese spook always a Chinese spook, bribery is a way of life in Asia, it just hasn't translated to Algeria yet, or they bribed the wrong people?

      1. Jeff Minter
        WTF?

        Re: Chinese morality is amusing.

        "Could use the term a Leopard never changes his spots, once a Chinese spook always a Chinese spook, bribery is a way of life in Asia"

        Once a white spook, always a white spook then? Explain why western (white) companies indulge in bribery in African and other nations then, in order to solidify a presence (e.g. Coca Cola) or secure an energy supply (Shell, BP etc.) in the region? Bribery is a way of life for businesses who have to deal with countries that are easily bribed.

  2. Shagbag

    Oxymoron

    Algerian justice.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Oxymoron

      Not really, they do have justice, so long as you agree with them.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Oxymoron

        Looks like China and Algeria agree on something then.

  3. John H Woods Silver badge

    Look here, you foreign chaps...

    ... that's just not the right way to go about things. BAE, Saudi Arabia and the Serious Fraud Office can advise you on how to do it properly.

  4. VV
    WTF?

    Bribery... Corruption....

    Also know as "lobbies" in many parts of the world. i.e. Just to make corruption sound legal.

  5. Alan Brown Silver badge

    10 million dollars

    And about a 75,000 fine plus jailtime.

    PROFIT!

  6. sueme2
    Joke

    Wayout

    I am certain they will escape thru a backdoor

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