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Ming Chai (61) Kinas utenriksdepartement sier i en kommentar at etterforskningen av Ming Chai er et angrep på Kina. Slik understrekes det at Chai representerer Kina. 

En fetter av Kinas president Xi Jinping, Ming Chai (61), er under etterforskning i Australia for samrøre med organisert kriminalitet, overføring av store beløp ut og inn av landet, og kinesisk infiltrasjon.

Slektskapet til Xi Jiping gjør at spørsmålet reises om fremgangsmåtene har Beijings velsignelse.

Australian law-enforcement and intelligence agencies are scrutinizing the activities of one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s cousins as part of broad probes of organized crime, money laundering and alleged Chinese influence-peddling, according to Australian officials.

Det er ikke lenge siden Australia satte bråstopp for Huawei i Australia.

En av de mest interessante sidene ved Ming Chai-saken er hans tilknytning til selskaper som er viktige verktøy for kinesisk ekspansjon på teknologifronten.

ZTE

Chai var tett på grunnleggeren av telegiganten ZTE og figurerte som seniorkonsulent ved økonomisk forum. Da sitter du tett på ledelsen i Kina.

In 2009, Mr. Chai became chairman of Shenzhen Zhongxing Keyang, a company that sold equipment designed to make machinery more energy efficient and was backed by relatives of the founder of Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. , according to corporate records.

In 2012 and 2013, Mr. Chai accompanied ZTE founder Hou Weigui to meetings with senior government officials in Henan province, according to state-media reports and company news releases. In 2013, he spoke at China’s Boao Forum, a government-backed gathering of business and political leaders, as ZTE’s “chief senior consultant.”

ZTE er selskapet som USA motvillig reddet mot å få representanter inn i styret for selskapet.

Gambler

Chai er en stor gambler.

Over 18 months in 2012 and 2013, Mr. Chai bet about $39 million at the casino, according to Crown documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. In 2015, he was among Crown’s top 50 patrons and projected to bet $41 million, company documents show. The Journal doesn’t have more recent data.

Med slike summer tiltrekker man seg oppmerksomhet.

Første gang politiet for alvor fikk øynene opp for Chais forbindelse til organisert kriminalitet var da politiet stanset et fly på vei til New Zealand. Om bord var fem med tilknytning til spillselskaper.

In 2016, Mr. Chai was among six passengers set to board a chartered jet at an airport on Australia’s Gold Coast who were searched by federal agents, the Australian officials said. The search, they said, was triggered by the presence of a casino-junket operator whom police were investigating.

“Our interest was piqued because he was on that flight,” one of the officials said.

The agents noted that five of the passengers, including Mr. Chai, weren’t carrying wallets or cellphones. Nothing illicit was found and they were allowed to depart on the flight bound for New Zealand, the officials said.

Flere hundre millioner dollar 

Gjennom et anonymt selskap som driver med plastikk og adresse i et stille strøk, ble det sluset hundrevis av millioner dollar ut og inn av Australia. Politiet mistenker at det var kriminelle penger.

In 2017, Australian officials said, Mr. Chai used a company masquerading as a plastics importer to receive “significant” sums of money from abroad.

The officials said the company, registered to a residential address on a quiet suburban street in Melbourne, was used by casino gamblers and suspected organized-crime figures to transfer hundreds of millions of dollars in and out of Australia during a 15-month period in 2017 and 2018.

Australsk politi mistenker at Chai og hans partnere både var kriminelle og sørget for å fremme Kinas interesser. Et fornuftekteskap mellom mobb og kommunistparti til gjensidig utbytte.

Man kan stille seg undrende til at Xi Jinping ikke forsto at en mann som var hans fetter ville vekke oppsikt på mer enn en måte.

Chai er australsk statsborger.

 

 

Chinese President’s Cousin Draws Scrutiny of Australian AuthoritiesMing Chai, who has been a high-stakes gambler, is on radar of investigators probing organized crime, money laundering and alleged Chinese influence-peddling