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    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine
    It's just bribery to ensure the recipients of these loans don't criticise China. Small poor countries with votes at the UN, Human rights committee, etc etc. No different to Japan paying micronesians to block whaling bans, but insidious none the less. At least recognise it for what it is.
    So The Washington Post, the Berggruen Institute, and the John Hopkins University are involved in bribery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by civil_servant
    So The Washington Post, the Berggruen Institute, and the John Hopkins University are involved in bribery?
    No, only China.

    If I bribe an official to do something, does that official gain economically from the bribe? Are they then able to feed their kids and send them to school? Perhaps the entire economy benefits from the activity. But it's still wrong.

    China is bribing a large number of countries with "economic benefits" - mainly loans but also other things. Once all the goodies are in place, they then ask for a few small favours. Like votes in the UN or clamping down on journalists or human rights activists.

    It's all very friendly. Lots of good economic activity as well. Doesn't mean it's not bribery.

    The universities listed above are just reporting one aspect of the activity. Read the Economist article on for the other side. I think someone linked it already. If not, it was a couple of weeks back in the print edition.

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