Bill Clinton, China Linked Via His Foundation

U.S. presidential candidate has recently had harsh words for China on the campaign trail, calling on Bush to boycott the Olympics opening ceremony, and vowing to crack down on unfair trade practices. But her husband’s relationship with Alibaba is drawing attention from the , including the Los Angeles Times:

Her recent stern comments on China’s internal collide with former President ’s fundraising relationship with a Chinese Internet company accused of collaborating with the mainland ’s censorship of the . Last month, the firm, Alibaba Inc., carried a government-issued “most wanted” posting on its Yahoo China homepage, urging viewers to provide information on Tibetan activists suspected of stirring recent .

Alibaba, which took over Yahoo’s China operation in 2005 as part of a billion-dollar deal with the U.S.-based search engine, arranged for the former president to speak to a conference of Internet executives in Hangzhou in September 2005. Instead of taking his standard speaking fees, which have ranged from $100,000 to $400,000, Clinton accepted an unspecified private donation from Alibaba to his international charity, the William J. Clinton Foundation.

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