Missed, or misdirected, opportunities
'Facing the temptation of interests, he lost his principles and fell behind the bottom line.'Shouldn't that line have been reserved for a corrupt financial official, instead of a social media PR person?
The director of public relations at Sina Weibo – China's equivalent to Twitter – was arrested on suspicion of bribery and fraud, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday. State-owned Global Times said PR exec Mao Taotao was fired and blocked from future employment with the Sina Corporation microblogging website. An internal …
China's government has increasingly cracked down on big tech companies and is always enormously intolerant of corruption.
I doubt this has anything to with corruption, just classic apparatchiks in-fighting dressed to be palatable to the casual western reader. However you wrap a turd, inside it is still a turd.
That's funny, I've heard I can't count how many tales of how companies wanting to implement in China had to literally pay they way to get things done in any semblance of a reasonable timeframe.
Has that really changed ?
No, its not changed (unless its a very, very recent change) - backhanders all the way down when I was last chatting with friends who work heavily in China / with Chinese companies - they were still paying plenty of bribes in July (last time we chatted).
It's govt firmly letting big tech companies know that govt in charge.
As long as your corruption fits within state sanctioned corruption model (& the right people get their kickbacks) then business as usual .... except for occasional purges of someone high up & then their corruption / kickback chain either gets handed over to someone else or a persecution of the chain members occurs (when it can get nasty).
No, it hasnt changed, the sentence is just missing the addendum.
"China's government [..] is always enormously intolerant of corruption UNLESS they're a member of the Communist Party, who is in good standing with President Xi, and remembers to pay a portion of their corrupt income up the chain."
I guess the author just felt that addendum went without saying...
> 'Facing the temptation of interests, he lost his principles and fell behind the bottom line.'
They probably just realised he has relatives in Canada.