Corruption crackdown effect on foreign firms, and Chinese expat running for office in Mali

2 Dec

China has been cracking down relatively hard on corruption over the past year, a result of the new leadership. More than just urging officials to reduce their spending and extravagance, a major aspect of the crackdown has been taking on multinationals that have “hired” individuals as “consultants” or “advisers” who coincidentally are related to high-ranking officials.

A bit old but still interesting, Astan Coulibaly was running for a seat in a city in the Western African country of Mali. She’s from Shanghai and her original name is Yu Hongwei. Not surprisingly she’s the first Asian to ever run for a seat in Mali. Unfortunately I can’t find the results of Mali’s parliamentary election which was held at the end of November, so I don’t know if Coulibaly (Yu) won.

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