Tag: Chinas

How Kingold Jewelry’s fake gold bars slipped through scrutiny in one of China’s biggest loan scams

The scandal involving Nasdaq-listed Kingold Jewelry, one of China’s largest jewellery makers, has raised eyebrows in China’s business community as company officials and bankers feel the heat from the fallout.

The company was alleged to have used 83 tonnes of fake gold bars, or gilded copper, as collateral to secure 20 billion yuan (US$2.83 billion) of loans from onshore lenders, Caixin reported on June 29, describing it as one of the largest gold loan fraud cases China has ever seen.

The amount is equivalent to about 22 per cent of China’s annual gold output in 2019. If they were real,

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China’s Great Firewall Looms Over Hong Kong As Surveillance Grows

(Bloomberg) — Hong Kong, already grappling with tightened policing to rein in widespread protests that followed last year’s proposed extradition bill, is now bracing for the prospect of stricter digital controls — ones that would curtail free speech, communications and the ability to organize and turn the city of 7 million into a surveillance state that more closely resembles China.

In recent years, law enforcement has deployed tens of thousands of closed-circuit television cameras in Hong Kong’s streets and shopping malls, used broad warrants to crack into the mobile phones of protesters, and deployed facial recognition software that can identify

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