As of December 31, Bank of China NZ had gross loans of $345.919 million including residential mortgages of $33.759 million, and corporate loans of $309.387 million. Total deposits stood at $214.180 million, and total assets at $514.534 million.
BEIJING (AP) ” Lawyers who defend human rights activists and dissidents targeted by China’s communist government have increasingly themselves become subject to political prosecutions, violence and other means of suppression, according to a report released Thursday.
The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a coalition of groups working within and outside China, identified six occasions last year that lawyers were beaten by plaintiffs, police officers or assailants likely hired by authorities. In more than a dozen cases, the report found, detainees were pressured to fire their own lawyers and accept government-supplied attorneys.
“The government is trying to give this impression that it’s abiding by the rule of law,” said Frances Eve, a researcher for the network. “In fact, it’s just legalizing repressive measures.” (more…)
The Chinese government continues to carry out mass killings of innocent people in order to obtain their organs for transplants, a damning new report claims.
The report - by former Canadian politician David Kilgour, human rights lawyer David Matas, and journalist Ethan Gutmann - shows that organ transplants are carried out in China 10 times more than official government figures reveal.
“The (Communist Party) says the total number of legal transplants is about 10,000 per year. But we can easily surpass the official Chinese figure just by looking at the two or three biggest hospitals,” Matas said in a statement.
The report estimates that 60,000 to 100,000 organs are transplanted each year in Chinese hospitals.
Last week, a US congressional joint subcommittee convened a hearing on the illicit organ transfers, just two weeks after the House passed a resolution urging Beijing to stop harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience. (more…)
Chinese Government backed Bright Food is understood to be the party which has been in negotiations with Silver Fern totake a stake in the NZ meat company.
Bright is a wholly Chinese Government-owned State Owned Enterprise.
But the negotiating vehicle is understood to one of Bright’s four listed subsidiaries. One of those subsidiaries - Bright Dairy & Food - took a majority stake in Canterbury milk processor Synlait Milk for $82 million in 2010.
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