45 Arrested in HK For Smuggling Baby Powder

Hong Kong customs officials arrested 45 people late last week on charges of smuggling baby milk formula into mainland China, after a new emergency law took effect on March 1st which limits passengers to no more than two cans...

Five Charged for China-U.S. Honey Smuggling

Five people have been charged in the U.S. for smuggling honey from China to evade $180 million in anti-dumping duties. The investigation that snared them was part of a years-long campaign to protect both beekeepers and honey...

Party Officials Launch Property Fire Sale

While Xi Jinping’s increasingly strong anti-corruption rhetoric has met with some skepticism, it seems that some of its targets are taking it seriously. The Telegraph’s Malcolm Moore describes a Central Commission...

In China, Art and the Law Collide Again

China’s contemporary art scene is on edge, according to The New York Times, ever since authorities detained a German and his Chinese associate in late March for allegedly dodging China’s import tax regime: Mr....

Court Sentences “Most Wanted Fugitive” to Life

Chinese state media reported Friday that a Xiamen court convicted and sentenced smuggling kingpin Lai Changxin to life in prison, likely putting to rest a legal battle that began more than a decade ago when Lai escaped...

China Sweetens Deal in Sugar Fight

The state-backed China Sugar Association has begun offering rewards as high as US$80,000 for information that “exposes criminal smuggling,” its latest effort to prevent smuggling in the world’s top sugar...

Indians Detained in China for Diamond Smuggling

The Times of India reports that 21 Indian nationals, allegedly part of a diamond smuggling ring, have been detained in Shenzhen: Chinese media claim that the diamond smuggling racket was busted by Shenzhen Custom’s...

A Black Market Grows In Rice

China’s rice prices are now four times lower than current international prices and the smuggling of rice across borders is on the rise. Forbes reports: Reports of rice smuggling have surfaced this week in areas all along...

Shenzhen Confidential – Justin Mitchell

Asia Sentinel tells the story of a Chinese “girl Friday” working for Russian smugglers in Shenzhen: Hello, I’m Amy Jiang. On the surface, I could be a poster woman for the face of modern China. I am a mostly successful 20-something, savvy English-fluent woman with international business experience as a buyer and translator. But the […]

Jump in Illegal Ivory Imports Linked to Chinese Smugglers – AP

As Chinese smuggling rings move into Africa, illegal imports of ivory are expanding rapidly, according to a new report from Traffic International. From AP: Worldwide, there are an average of 92 ivory seizures a month — or three a day, the report said. Thirty-two seizures of 1.1 tons or more of ivory were recorded from […]

Jonathan Watts: China consumes forests of smuggled timber

From the Guardian: The forests of Zhangjiagang are horizontal: tens of thousands of felled, stripped trees lying on the quayside of China’s biggest timber port, far from their roots in Indonesia, Russia, South America and Africa. The trunks of pine, maple, merbau and zebra wood are dead, but this forest is growing. Every year, more […]


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