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Partnership deals between Shell and PetroChina likely to be investigated

By John Donovan

In February 2012, Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser confirmed that Shell is in a global partnership with PetroChina and its parent company, China National Petroleum Corp.

Mr Voser said in relation to CNPC: “It’s part of our global partnership to optimize our business working environment inside and outside China.”

The partnership was agreed during the period when CNPC was under the influence/control of Zhou Bin, the son of Zhou Yongkang, a member of the all-powerful nine-member Politburo Standing Committee. Both are mired in the unfolding Bo Xilai corruption scandal, the outcome of which is likely to determine the future of China, and appear to be on the losing side.

The deals agreed by Shell and CNPC while it was under the influence/control of Zhou Bin are likely to be investigated by the Chinese authorities bearing in mind the allegations of corruption against Zhou Bin and Shell’s track record, on an international basis, of corrupting host governments and paying bribes.

Basically there was a party apparently keen to accept bribes and a party willing to give bribes.

If Shell takes issue with the accuracy of my statement about its track record of corruption, I will happily provide evidence, in court if necessary.

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