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China's Epic Offshore Wealth Revealed: How Chinese Oligarchs Quietly Parked Up To $4 Trillion In The Caribbean

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The last time the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists made a splash in the financial media was in April of last year year when it disclosed a trove of secret documents revealing a massive treasury of offshore wealth parked away from taxation-happy host governments. The context was clear: in the aftermath of the Cyprus deposit confiscation, public opinion had to turn against those who were exploiting offshore tax loophole in order to avoid a panic that the same "bail in" could happen to the common man.

Needless to say, the circumstances surrounding the release then were rather curious: one day thousands of files - revealing the names behind covert companies used by people from American doctors to Russian executives and international arms dealers - just happened to turn up at a source's house.

Well, the ICIJ is back in the spotlight once again, this time revealing "nearly 22,000 tax haven clients from Hong Kong and mainland China. Among them are some of China’s most powerful men and women — including at least 15 of China’s richest, members of the National People’s Congress and executives from state-owned companies entangled in corruption scandals."

Once again, the source of this treasure trove of data is secret, although we feel the recent Bloomberg cover up (and suspension and termination of Michael Forsyth) regarding a certain investigation into Chinese tycoons' connections with Communist party leaders may have something to do with it. All ICIJ says on the matter is that "In November, a mainland Chinese news organization that was working with ICIJ to analyze the offshore data withdrew from the reporting partnership, explaining that authorities had warned it not to publish anything about the material. ICIJ is keeping the identity of the news outlet confidential to protect journalists from government retaliation." But where the data comes from is largely irrelevant.

What is relevant is that once again the two largest Swiss banks are about to be embroiled in yet another money laundering scandal, this time involving the parking of wealth belonging to China's aristocracy - including its princelings - in various Caribbean, and mostly British Virgin Island, tax havens.

From the ICJC's findings:

PricewaterhouseCoopers, UBS and other Western banks and accounting firms play a key role as middlemen in helping Chinese clients set up trusts and companies in the British Virgin Islands, Samoa and other offshore centers usually associated with hidden wealth, the records show. For instance, Swiss financial giant Credit Suisse helped Wen Jiabao’s son create his BVI company while his father was leading the country.


The files come from two offshore firms — Singapore-based Portcullis TrustNet and BVI-based Commonwealth Trust Limited — that help clients create offshore companies, trusts and bank accounts. They are part of a cache of 2.5 million leaked files that ICIJ has sifted through with help from more than 50 reporting partners in Europe, North America, Asia and other regions.


Since last April, ICIJ’s stories have triggered official inquiries, high-profile resignations and policy changes around the world.


Until now, the details on China and Hong Kong had not been disclosed.

What is notable, if not unexpected, is just how pervasive the parking of offshore capital has been, and confirms that it is not inflow of money that the PBOC has to be afraid of when its internationalizes the Yuan, it is the outflow that will be far more worrisome.

The data illustrates the outsized dependency of the world’s second largest economy on tiny islands thousands of miles away.  As the country has moved from an insular communist system to a socialist/capitalist hybrid, China has become a leading market for offshore havens that peddle secrecy, tax shelters and streamlined international deal making.


Every corner of China’s economy, from oil to green energy and from mining to arms trading, appears in the ICIJ data.

But the biggest stunner is the sheer size of the wealth transfer: according to ICIJ estimate, up to $4 trillion in "untraced assets" may have left China since 2000.

Chinese officials aren’t required to disclose their assets publicly and until now citizens have remained largely in the dark about the parallel economy that can allow the powerful and well-connected to avoid taxes and keep their dealings secret. By some estimates, between $1 trillion and $4 trillion in untraced assets have left the country since 2000.

And while the parking of capital abroad is not illegal, it does contribute to concerns about vast corruption in China, which is also why the current Politburo has been scrambling to cut down on superficial among China's higher echelons. At least optically... And certainly not going to the very top, where it appears the bulk of the corruption resides as the initial data dump discloses.

To be sure, this is just the start of peeling away the layers of China's offshore wealth: the ICIJ provides this teaser: "Along with the China and Hong Kong names, ICIJ’s files also include the names of roughly 16,000 offshore clients from Taiwan. ICIJ will continue to publish stories with its partners in the next few days and will release the Greater China names on its Offshore Leaks Database on Jan. 23."

In the meantime, the ICIJ has disclosed select key individuals that suddenly may have a lot of explaining to do, considering China's very theatrical crackdown on corruption and all that.

The key players, whose life is about to get a whole lot more difficult, are without doubt China's princelings.

China's Politburo Standing Committee is the all-powerful group of seven (formerly nine) men who run the Communist Party and the country. The records obtained by ICIJ show that relatives of at least five current or former members of this small circle have incorporated companies in the Cook Islands or British Virgin Islands.

China’s “red nobility” — elites tied by blood or marriage to the current leadership or Party elders — are also popularly known as “princelings.” Ordinary Chinese have grown increasingly angry over their vast wealth and what many see as the hypocrisy of officials who tout “people-first” ideals but look the other way while their families peddle power and influence for personal gain.


The leaked offshore records include details of a BVI company 50 percent owned by President Xi’s brother-in-law Deng Jiagui. The husband of Xi’s older sister, Deng is a multimillionaire real estate developer and an investor in metals used in cell phones and other electronics. The records show the other half of Excellence Effort Property Development was owned by yet another BVI company belonging to Li Wa and Li Xiaoping, property tycoons who made news in July by winning a $2 billion bid to purchase commercial real estate in Shenzhen.


Since taking over as the Communist Party’s top official in 2012, Xi has sought to burnish his image with an aggressive anti-graft campaign, promising to go after official corruption involving both low-level “flies” and high-level “tigers.” Yet he has crushed a grassroots movement that called for government officials to publicly declare their assets. Wen Jiabao, who stepped down as premier in 2013 after a decade-long tenure, also styled himself as a reformer, cultivating an image of grandfatherly concern for China’s poor.


The ICIJ offshore files reveal that Wen’s son Wen Yunsong set up a BVI-registered company, Trend Gold Consultants, with help from the Hong Kong office of Credit Suisse in 2006. Wen Yunsong was the lone director and shareholder of the firm, which appears to have been dissolved in 2008. 


Bare-bones company structures are often created to open bank accounts in the offshore firm’s name, helping obscure the relationship to the real account owner. It isn’t immediately clear from the documents what Trend Gold Consultants was used for. A U.S.-educated venture capitalist, Wen Yunsong co-founded a China-focused private equity firm and in 2012 became chairman of China’s Satellite Communications Co., a state-owned firm that aspires to be Asia’s largest satellite operator.


ICIJ made repeated attempts to reach Wen Yunsong and other individuals named in this story. Only a few responded. Wen was among those who did not. Citing confidentiality rules, a Credit Suisse spokesman said the bank is “unable to comment on this matter.”


The ICIJ files also shed light on the BVI’s previously unreported role in a burgeoning scandal involving Wen Jiabao’s daughter, Wen Ruchun, also known as Lily Chang. The New York Times has reported that JPMorgan Chase & Co. paid a firm that she ran, Fullmark Consultants, $1.8 million in consulting fees. U.S. securities regulators are investigating the relationship as part of a probe into the bank’s alleged use of princelings to increase its influence in China.


Fullmark Consultants appears to have been set up in a manner that obscured Wen Ruchun’s relationship to the firm, the ICIJ files indicate. Her name does not show up in any of the incorporation documents in the ICIJ data, though a 'Lily Chang' is CC’d in one August, 2009 email correspondence about the company. Her husband Liu Chunhang, a former Morgan Stanley finance guru, created Fullmark Consultants in the BVI in 2004 and was the sole director and shareholder of the firm until 2006, the same year he took a government job at the agency that regulates China’s banking industry.


Liu transferred control of the company, the ICIJ files show, to a Wen family friend, Zhang Yuhong, a wealthy businesswoman and colleague of Wen Jiabao’s brother. The Times reported that Zhang also helped control other Wen family assets including diamond and jewelry ventures. 


The ICIJ files show that offshore provider Portcullis TrustNet billed UBS AG for a certificate of good standing for Fullmark Consultants in October 2005, indicating a business relationship between Fullmark and the Swiss bank. In response to ICIJ’s questions, UBS issued a statement saying its “know-your-client” policies as well as procedures to deal with politically-sensitive clients are among “the strictest in the industry.” Liu and Zhang did not respond to ICIJ's requests for comment.


A 2007 U.S. Department of State cable passed along a source’s tip that Premier Wen was “disgusted with his family’s activities,” and that “Wen’s wife and children all have a reputation as people who can ‘get things done’ for the right price.” The cable, part of the Wikileaks document dump, reported that Wen’s kin “did not necessarily take bribes, [but] they are amenable to receiving exorbitant ‘consulting fees.’ ”


The records also include incorporations by relatives of Deng Xiaoping, former Premier Li Peng, and former President Hu Jintao.


China experts say that the growing wealth and business interests of the princelings, including offshore holdings, are a dangerous liability for the ruling Communist Party but that people in leadership positions are too involved to stop it.


What’s the point of running the Communist Party if you can’t get a couple billion for your family?” said Steve Dickinson, a China-based American lawyer who has investigated fraud cases involving BVI companies. “The issue is enormous and has tremendous significance for China, and the fact that everybody dances around it and doesn’t want to talk about it is understandable but scandalous.”

Perhaps now, finally, the dancing will stop. Because for the first time, key players are named. First the "Red Nobility" (full list here)

Deng Jiagui, Brother-in-law of president Xi Jinping


Wen Yunsong, Son of former Premier Wen Jiabao


Liu Chunhang, Son-in-law of former Premier Wen Jiabao


Hu Yishi, First cousin once removed of former President Hu Jintao

Li Xiaolin, Daughter of former Premier Li Peng


Wu Jinchang, Son-in-law of paramount leader Deng Xiaoping


Che Feng, Son-in-Law of a former central bank governor


Wang Zhi, Son of a former vice president


And then, the merely super-wealthy:

Ma Huateng, Co-founder of Internet giant Tencent


Yang Huiyan, China's richest woman


Zhang Xin, Co-founder of property developer SOHO China


Zhang Zhidong, Co-founder of Internet giant Tencent


Shen Guojun, Chairmain of Yintai Group


Jia Yueting, Chairman of web giant Leshi


Huang Guangyu, Jailed founder of GOME appliances chain


Du Juan, GOME executive and wife of founder


Finally, here is what the ICIJ has to say about the future of China's wealth offshoring efforts:

As concerns grow about the wealth of corporate oligarchs, government officials and their families, some Chinese have braved the government’s anger by raising questions about corruption.

A grassroots group, the New Citizens Movement, uses the Internet and small demonstrations to press for greater transparency. “How can you fight corruption if you don’t even dare to disclose your personal assets?” the group’s founder, legal advocate and activist Xu Zhiyong, wrote last spring.

The government’s response has been swift. It has arrested Xu and detained more than 20 other members of the group, indicting some for “disturbing public order” or “illegal assembly,” charges frequently used to silence dissidents.

The government has also cracked down on foreign media that have focused attention on the gap between wealth and poverty in China. After The New York Times and Bloomberg News reported on the onshore assets of China’s princelings, the government blocked their websites and delayed approving visas for their journalists.

After years of inaction, the U.S., the U.K. and international organizations have begun pushing reforms that, they say, would reduce offshore abuses. China has been less aggressive in pressing for changes in the offshore system.

Big loopholes in tax laws have allowed Chinese individuals to operate with relative freedom offshore. They weren’t required to report their foreign holdings.

Chinese policy makers didn’t envision individuals absconding with that much money,” Lee, the Beijing-based corporate lawyer, said.

Now mainland authorities are moving to get a handle on the flow of private wealth offshore. New rules that went into effect Jan. 1 require Chinese to report their overseas assets.

How aggressively China joins global efforts to reshape the offshore system may have a big impact on the current push for reform. Just as China has become an increasingly important player in the global economy, it has also become more important as a supplier of clients to the market for offshore accounts and companies.

A 2013 industry-sponsored poll of 200-plus bankers and other offshore professionals found that “China-related demand” is the key driver in the offshore market’s growth. The chief of a BVI offshore services firm said in the survey: “China is the most important location for client origination for business in the next five years.”

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Finally, it is worth pointing out some basic arithmetic: there is a little over $1.2 trillion physical dollars in circulation. If just the Chinese super corrupt, uber wealthy, have parked up to $4 trillion in offshore venues, it stands to reason that it is not in actual paper format, and the bulk is simply binary representations of dollars, in 1 and 0 format.

Let's hope no "hackers" figure out how to make those 1s and 0s disappear without a trace, and let's certainly hope the NSA isn't tasked by various tax (or non-tax) authorities to provide evidence of just where every single one of these untaxed dollars is located. Because then the real scramble for hard assets - or even Bitcoin for that matter - will truly begin...


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Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:07 | 4353885 ZerOhead
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$4 trillion?

I wonder if those banks have been investing it in high quality Greek government bonds...

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:21 | 4353901 Cult_of_Reason
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Those trillions are leaking into the US stock market.

Now it explains as what "idiots" kept buying the dips and AMZN P/E of 1,500. QE alone could not account so such relentless stock market ramp.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:26 | 4353963 Dr Benway
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Not just the US stock market. Such companies show up as substantial shareholders everywhere on the ASX, especially for manipulated scam companies with ties to Singapore, HK and Malaysia.

Funnily enough they are often easily identified by their names, along the lines of "Golden Dawn", "Great Ruby", "Rising Peak" or "Hard Cock Investments"

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:37 | 4354002 Manthong
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Which one of them owns Obama??

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:39 | 4354011 Manthong
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Crap.. off focus there for a minute...

better said.. Which one of them owns Hillary?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:53 | 4354060 Dr Benway
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Bullish Dyke Holdings BVI, perhaps?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:56 | 4354069 gmrpeabody
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Obviously, these people are very busy running their businesses or they would have time to respond and clear this all up...,

or not.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:02 | 4354091 Terminus C
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But where the data comes from is largely irrelevant.

A rather disingenuous statement by Tyler, seeing as countless articles are written about bullshit data moving the masses.  In one sentence Tyler questions the source and in another says it is irrelevant...


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:12 | 4354120 DoChenRollingBearing
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Well, perhaps it may be relevant, perhaps not.


a) 4 trillion, schmillion.  We could Ctrl P, introduce new FDR $1000s...

b) revalue the gold to $10,000 / oz (before China buys it all).

Problem solved (for us)!


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:45 | 4354212 TruthInSunshine
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Ho Lee Fuk

Sum Ting Wong

Bang Da-Hoes & Wang Da Chung

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 00:55 | 4354501 Unpopular Truth
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fonestar, the math please? 1% of the $4t is $40b. If that went into bitcoin, bitcoin (which is now $10b) would go up by a factor of 5. Yes? Have I got it right? Thanks

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 00:59 | 4354513 prains
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Yu No Poo


Hav 2 Wype

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 03:18 | 4354694 mliu_01
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this is some worthless propaganda piece. Someone in China and their west friends are trying to destroy their opponents.

The biggest of them all did not even mentioned. LOL worthless and useless.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 05:45 | 4358207 PaperWillBurn
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No, that is not how markets work..especially not tight markets like bitcoin.


A $22.5million market order takes us to $9,400 on Mt.Gox.  40 billion $ inflow would send us to the stratosphere no matter how slow it dripped in. 



Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:29 | 4354182 max2205
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Canada must be pissed.....

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 00:58 | 4354510 prains
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yes the beer is generally better

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:14 | 4354284 HardlyZero
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"Those trillions are leaking into the US stock market.

Now it explains as what "idiots" kept buying the dips and AMZN P/E of 1,500. QE alone could not account so such relentless stock market ramp. "


So now on top of Yellin's Tapir insertion, we have $4T moar stocks to sell off.  

2014 January 31st may be a huge date with destiny...the streams may cross. does explain Apple.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:39 | 4354331 LMAOLORI
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In the meantime the peasants in China are treated like this...


"Amnesty documents stories of people who were killed, beaten, harassed or imprisoned because they refused to be driven from their homes as part of the wave of development. Some turned to self-immolation as a final, dramatic means of protest. “Of the 40 forced evictions that Amnesty International examined in detail as part of the research, nine culminated in the deaths of people protesting or resisting eviction,” it says.

The report highlights the case of Wang Cuiyan, a 70-year-old woman in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, who was buried alive by an excavator when she resisted the demolition of her home. Other episodes documented include hundreds of men attacking farmers and beating women in Lichang village in Jiangsu province to forcibly seize land.

Last month, in a case that sent waves of anger coursing through the Chinese Internet, a farmer in the northeastern province of Liaoning named Wang Shujie died after police shot him as he was protesting the Panjin municipal government’s plan to cut a road through his rice-paddy fields"


On top of that their government injected money into their financial system thanks to bad loans  which will undoubtedly be at the peasants expense.  U.S. strangely silent on China's Human Rights abuses. I guess we should be thankful because we were only forced to bail out the banks they aren't allowed to bulldoze us alive - YET ANYWAY.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:12 | 4353911 transaccountin
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these $4 trillion are basically the skins off the back of the working man in usa. instead of having factories here producing good jobs and wages it was all sent to china for the enrichment of the few. i hope it was worth it. let them burn in hellfire fucking bastards

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:17 | 4353926 Cult_of_Reason
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I'm sure most of it was stolen from the working men in China.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:43 | 4354029 AlaricBalth
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"The wealth of society is created by the workers, peasants and working intellectuals."

Written by Mao Zedong, Grandfather of Kong Dongmei (China's 242 richest person at $800 Million)

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:56 | 4354074 kevinduhand
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Written by Mao Zedong, who begged Capitalist Richard Nixon in 1972 to help them fight the Soviets

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:32 | 4354184 Crawdaddy
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Nixon was a capitalist? Saaay whaaaat? That bastard signed off on the EPA, ended the gold standard, price controls etc. Damn capitalists with all their central planning.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:57 | 4354225 kevinduhand
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I would say yes, Nixon was a Capitalist, at least he didn't nationalize corporations and force Americans into labor camps and force children to read Marxism.

but hey if you're talking about pure capitalist, I would agree that he wasn't, heck there hasn't been a PURE Capitalist US President ever since Fed was established. Though it still doesn't change the fact that Mao was a bitch for asking a Capitalist country for help


Wed, 01/22/2014 - 00:36 | 4354466 Antifaschistische
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Yah, American's should be forced to buy crap only made in America, with parts only made in America.    lol.    that game was already lost.    figure out how to compete in the internationally competitive world....or die.  It's that simple.   Crying that we can't compete, and asking the government to ban the opposing teams star players from the field is what sissies do.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 00:22 | 4354441 midtowng
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Not to defend these Chinese thieves, but our good, 'ol American thieves have stolen and hidden FAR more. Let's worry about those first before pointing fingers.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 09:43 | 4354985 TheDoc
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One Word: Nepotism.

If anyone thought that Mao et al. was going to turn over the Chinese economy to the 'Masses' out of the goodness of their collective hearts, then their crazy. Is it any wonder that the 'old bosses' gave the keys to the kingdom to their progeny, ie. the 'new boss(es)', to keep the dynastic relationships in place. They merely exchanged their communist family ties for capitalist/fascist ones with during their 'liberalization'

Bushes? Get ready for President Chelsea Klinton; and there's a whole passel of 4th and 5th generation Kennedys out there.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:26 | 4355154 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Stealth sterilization puts these 'royal' dynasties to an end real quickly. Once the DNA trail stops. You don't even have to kill them.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:08 | 4353894 Ignatius
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Invade the Cayman Islands.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:36 | 4354201 Grande Tetons
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Why? The only people you will hurt are chubby Canadian bartenders working on their tans. Cayman is a brand it is not the store. 

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:09 | 4353900 Burr's 2nd Shot
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Fucking capitalists, amirite?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:15 | 4353930 ZerOhead
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Communism and crony capitalism are getting harder and harder to differentiate these days.

I guess we should just call it plunderism and be done with it.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:25 | 4353958 gafgroocK
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But a single Rope cures both !

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:36 | 4353996 cynicalskeptic
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Guillotine.  Ropes can break.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:20 | 4354157 Ms. Erable
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You can still whip 'em to death with a broken rope.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:28 | 4355160 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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I like suffocation by fat ass sheeple. It always everyone to get in on the fun. I think of it as solution to fun inequality.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 14:02 | 4359494 frenzic
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I'm getting all giddy just thinking of the possibilities

[Islam] Oh! now you're talking man, come on!
[Ice-T] Public Enemy..
[Islam] Yeah, don't stop, don't stop!
[Ice-T] Biz Markie..
[Islam] Make the music with your mouth Biz, I love it .
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:43 | 4355211 Bahamas
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plus the slip knot is not easy to tie

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:32 | 4354153 kevinduhand
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It's hard to differentiate only because China's Ruling Party is named "Communist Party", even though it hasn't been Communist ever since joining the WTO and decides to become USA's Vassal by buying worthless USA debt like Japan. It should have been renamed to something like "China america's puppet Party"

Only Cuba and North Korea are still Communist, with King Kim Jung Un hinting it may open up the country....

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:37 | 4354204 aerojet
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It makes sense because there is even less transparency in China than there is in the US.  Here, not every regulator is bought.  Over there?  It's the Orient...same as it always has been.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:15 | 4354277 AlaricBalth
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Here, not every regulator is bought...
No. Here just the important ones are bought.

Bart Chilton
Chris Cox
Mary Joe White
Jack Lew
Ben Bernanke
Eric Holder nauseum.

Anyone seen Jon Corzine lately???

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 02:34 | 4354642 August
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“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”
George Orwell, Animal Farm

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:12 | 4353905 Rusty Shorts
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Ho Lee Fuk Sum Ting Wong

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:18 | 4353935 Skateboarder
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The real question: is Anderson Cooper part of the ICIJ?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:11 | 4353909 Dr. Gonzo
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That's petty cash. Our politians probably skimmed and hid 10 times that much. 

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:35 | 4353988 SillySalesmanQu...
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+1  Beat me to it.  The banksters and 1%'s probally have at least a hundred times that parked in off shore accounts.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:32 | 4354188 onelight
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Catherine Fitts estimated $40trillies I think I recall, and that's not the historical western accumulation, just the results of last 25 years in US...that is, if any of the theory is true.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:11 | 4353910 Charles Wilson
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It's that 'OL Fifth Tenet of the Communist Manifesto that'll get you ev'ry time.

"We dun gotta hav'a CENTRAL BANK with MONOPOLY POWERS..."

Yup!  Marx and Engels sure got that one down just like the others.

No POSSIBLE corruption here!  Keep movin', Proles, keep on movin'.



Wed, 01/22/2014 - 22:11 | 4354194 onelight
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Hitler did it too, backing Schacht the central banker v. Feder the public banking guy

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:21 | 4353917 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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That is a lot of hard tangible assets in $ value for the Chinese to go after. That value in hard assets and basically serving it up to the Chinese on a silver platter I bet has absolutely nothing to do with them buying up gold to the point it is about ready to bust the Comex and is a concession to get them to stop.

Looks like someone(s) are very concerned about USD hedgemoney and don't want WWIII just yet with a concession like this.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:32 | 4353981 Dr Benway
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It's not held in hard tangible assets. It's distributed across the world in myriad shitty property and stock scams. It's used to ramp related parties from here to Timbuktu.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:11 | 4354031 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Property is a hard tangible asset. Land always is even if the value is subjective (shitty). Serving up 4T in value of a combination of tangible and paper assets on a silver platter is significant especially custom tailored like this and smells of serious appeasement to keep the BRICS at bay and Germany from jumping ship over gold owed. The Germans mean business and the Chinese know it. They are forcing the issue to their advantage. The timing of this being released and released publicly no less is not a coincidence.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:26 | 4354174 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Seems like the powers that be are also trying to buy the FED some cover for coming stock market crash by blaming all the levitation on this to deflect away from the QE powder that is levitatiing it. Though I have no doubt some this money being sacrificed here to the Chinese was helping in the ramping process.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:52 | 4354233 HardlyZero
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Maybe some of the $4T is in PIMCO bonds ?  US Treasuries ?   Physical Gold ?   Hmmm.

The possibilities are endless.    Private islands, underground bunkers, Bond women.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:41 | 4354211 onelight
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Or the bigger goal of world currency requires China to be in with the Yuan and it takes gold to back that, since their economic system is still wobbly even after the US et al donated unprecedented market access and $4 trillion in economic buildout investment back in the late 1990's.

Even if what I said were so, it's an open question whether China follows through with the globalist goals that may motivate that gold transfer, and simply play their own game, after they have enough gold, and let the global system managers twist in the wind..

We've already seen how they played the game back on their western economic development donors in the last go-round; what's to prevent them from issuing new conditions when well enough positioned. 

For example they can bring forward the subject(s) of Tibet, Taiwan, Mongolia/Russian border, etc. together with hardening position on South China Sea, adding perhaps Straight of Malacca control, etc. ... instead of 5 future wars, just negotiate those things, gold in hand..

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:58 | 4354301 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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China provides the paper backed by gold with Russia/Iran providing the natural resources like gas, oil. It is all priced in Chinese gold backed paper on the open market. USD is done as reserve currency since the Russians pretty much at that point control too much of the market then relegating the US and OPEC to second banana status. China just shifts gears from producer to consumer and stiffs all the internal debt which is something than can do with an iron fist while using a fully convertable Yuan for international trade only backed by gold or something to that effect.

But it won't happen without bullets flying because an empire in death throes will take one last shot to hold onto absolute control by using shear force when all other options are closed off.


Wed, 01/22/2014 - 03:49 | 4354587 onelight
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compelling scenario, thanks -- too late to comment now, will reply later

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:16 | 4353931 andrewp111
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Methinks a lot of uber rich Chinese will be lined up against a wall and shot.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:32 | 4353982 Bunga Bunga
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If they can get them. I guess they all have a fueled up jet with several pilotes waiting in a hangar, while wife and children are already parked in the US or Canada.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:21 | 4354159 Mine Is Bigger
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Time for ramping up tensions with Japan and distracting peasants' attention!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:43 | 4354217 onelight
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you got bingo there

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:17 | 4353934 darteaus
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Time to get a job in the BVIs!  Open a restaurant or a Lambo dealership/repair!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:28 | 4353966 RacerX
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you mean Rambo deararship?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:15 | 4354134 Frozen
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Fuck it, I'm going fishing.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 05:35 | 4354789 August
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Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:19 | 4353940 Jendrzejczyk
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Everyone on that list has a better chance of bullets to the heart than Corzine.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:55 | 4354247 HardlyZero
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Seems like a lot of them have gone missing.

Has anyone checked the Space Station lately...they were having AC problems a few weeks ago.  Too much load ?

Hey maybe they went off-planet...beyond the Chinese long march arm.


Top-of-the-line $1B plastic surgery (family deal) to look like chubby Canadian bartenders ?  or mix-in with the natives ?         Hey they are all wearing diamond studded Rolexes !

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:19 | 4353941 bigrooster
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With all of this "wealth" floating around the world we are sure to have a great future with growth forever!

I say that we just get it over with and sell all of Detroit to China for 1.3 trillion in tbills.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:22 | 4353949 nmewn
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Communists are for income equality! ;-)

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:22 | 4353950 gafgroocK
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What no FDIC in China??

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:55 | 4354246 Greenskeeper_Carl
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No Bart chilten either?!?!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:27 | 4353965 Sizzurp
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There was a time before QE when nobody could figure who was buying all the US debt.  There seemed to be a big buyer in the Cayman Islands.  We all figured in was the fed secretly buying through Cayman banks, but maybe it was just these mountains of chinese cash getting parked.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:53 | 4354063 Captain Willard
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But balance sheets have two sides. China has plenty of debt too. So the elites there have effectively LBo'd their own country. The wealth of China is in hiding in the Cayman Islands and the debt is in plain sight in the Chinese banking system.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 03:18 | 4354695 fiatmasochist
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.........chinese laundry.....traditional family  business....

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:28 | 4353970 RacerX
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Ahh it's the "new" communism. 

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:29 | 4353971 surf0766
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They are hoarding gold. Why would they buy anything U.S. .   They are all greedy no matter the politics

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:29 | 4353972 ReactionToClose...
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"Also it will be interesting to see if the gold reserves have been flown out,effectively looting the country at the last minute."

a ZH commentator literally just offered the above (bravo again, sir).   A 'probability' has to be assigned to the possible eventuality.

Of course, our financial masters, the TBTF banks/firms who daily play at risk with a taxpayer backstop per the US Treasury & Fed ReserveBank of NY and the other central banks, will never let this kind of 'panic' see the light of day as the 'jornolists' of the financial world are co-opted.  Why pay B'berg to spy on you?


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:34 | 4353987 Bunga Bunga
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Will Chinese DoS Zerohedge now?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:35 | 4353995 pot_and_kettle
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Somewhere right now nails are being pulled from fingers. 

And the questions haven't even begun.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:50 | 4354000 frankTHE COIN
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I see a Cross between Putin jailing Billionaires / Maria Antoinette scenario around the corner.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:41 | 4354018 Dr. Gonzo
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"To each according to his own ability" plunder, skim, launder, and evade. No wonder Commies hate gold. It puts a limit to how much they can fleece the sheeple.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:43 | 4354023 Yen Cross
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n  " Hop Sinhg" , boil MOAR noodles.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:46 | 4354035 Catullus
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China = vassal state to the US.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:49 | 4354047 binky
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The fat one with the Harry Caray glasses looks like he ate my Dry Cleaner. 

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:51 | 4354052 SandiaMan
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Is that why the Chinese elite are fleeing?


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:53 | 4354059 FredFlintstone
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If we could somehow pull off a 100% wealth tax with it being right in our backyard, it could keep our Government going for about a year.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:56 | 4354075 ThirdCoastSurfer
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This is what happens to "trickle down" in practice. 

What the "best and brightest" cannot prevent is their desire to aquire.  

Money is like human energy. If you use it, you burn it in some kind of prepetuating motion. If you don't spend it, but hoard it, it turns to fat and becomes a hinderance.

What we as a society need to figure out is a way to entice the rich to spend as fast as they earn (or steal?) with the security that their power and influence will not unduely diminish when their ability to earn/churn has run it's life cycle. 

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 21:59 | 4354081 joego1
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Sum ting fishy here! I don't think they will be hanging around waiting for the credit explosion that is about to happen.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:08 | 4354260 HardlyZero
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Chinese govt. cornered the Asian fish market January 1st by kicking Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, and Malaysia out of the South China Sea.

The new law.

The Chinese are gonna starve them off their islands without landing one soldier.  A fruit diet will weaken their resolve.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:24 | 4354307 steve2241
Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:04 | 4354104 Peter Pan
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So let me get this straight. China sells shit to the USA and in return lends most of the money back to keep the game going and the rest into the Carribean banks. And then from the Carribean banks the Chinese spend their money buying the shit that is on offer on the US stock market, property market etc. LOL.

It seems that we now have a virtuous cycle in the recycling of shit but for how long?

I have said it before and will say it again, haircut the Carribean bank despsits by 90% so as to give one off relief to debt saturated borrowers, and governments.



Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:54 | 4354350 HardlyZero
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January 31st 2014.   cough...Black Friday.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:07 | 4354114 Yen Cross
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    Tyler beef up the security. please

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:08 | 4354119 insanelysane
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Lesson here boys and girls.

Crony Capitalism is good.

Crony Socialism is better.

Crony Communism is best and being a dictator isn't bad either.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:11 | 4354123 Rubbish
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The power that wealth has globally is unimaginable. Little guys best drink a beer, shut up and keep stackin. That probably won't even save us.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:24 | 4354162 piceridu
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Wang Jingjing, now that's a name!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:23 | 4354163 I Write Code
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A fellow could get rich just selling Chinese investors Macdonalds franchises and such to launder that moolah.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:32 | 4354190 DoChenRollingBearing
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Or real estate in FL, CA or TX...

Or even a bearing company in Peru!  If the price is right...

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:59 | 4354253 Seasmoke
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Or the entire city of Detroit. 

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:38 | 4354254 HardlyZero
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Ahhh yes...the "Golden" Arches....yes, a underground Gold smuggling conduit deep fried and carried in the gut of zombie customers, redirected to the Virgin Islands.

Yes, it could be done !

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:37 | 4354200 jonjon831983
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"Argentina restricts online shopping as foreign reserves drop"

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 22:41 | 4354216 jon dough
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Always the same thing.

I read a story about Chinese corruption and -- like clockwork -- two hours later I'm reading it again.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:01 | 4354258 Dr. Bonzo
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"PricewaterhouseCoopers, UBS and other Western banks and accounting firms play a key role as middlemen in helping Chinese clients set up trusts and companies in the British Virgin Islands, Samoa and other offshore centers..."

This just proves that drunken barstool hypothesizing is a perfectly valid substitute for diligent investigation when the right mixture of alcohol and speculative babbling are applied in the appropriate amounts.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:07 | 4354269 HardlyZero
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Must have been the motherlode of all accounts.   Very big, very fast, very quiet, and wicked secretaries.   It really must have been like a Bond movie.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:02 | 4354259 Seasmoke
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Wi Tu Hy ......

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:07 | 4354270 mobydick
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The Chinks do greed better than most. Maybe Sir Victor Sassoon taught them a thing or two.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:07 | 4354273 Yen Cross
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  Wi So Fuked<

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:45 | 4354292 matrix2012
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What a challenging report on China, one of the flock of news attacking its leadership lately.

We the masses won't have the way to verify these substances, so just read with cautions as ever... notice a very famous name associated here, Soros's Open Society Foundations.

Nonetheless, this full-throttle attack really signals the underlying much overtly heated tension lifted to ever higher, unprecedented level among the major powers after the Cold War era.


But what's this D.C.-based organization really? 

Or more precisely: Who owns or finances this organization?

From its webpage, it's stated as:


"Our supporters

Cross-border investigative journalism is among the most expensive and riskiest in the world.

Recent ICIJ funders include: Adessium Foundation, Open Society Foundations, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Oak Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts and Waterloo Foundation.


We welcome individual donations in support of our work. You can make a gift online here.

"The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is an active global network of 160 reporters in more than 60 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories.


Founded in 1997, ICIJ was launched as a project of the Center for Public Integrity to extend the Center’s style of watchdog journalism, focusing on issues that do not stop at national frontiers: cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power. Backed by the Center and its computer-assisted reporting specialists, public records experts, fact-checkers and lawyers, ICIJ reporters and editors provide real-time resources and state-of-the-art tools and techniques to journalists around the world.

Our advisory committee consists of some of the biggest names in investigative journalism: Bill Kovach, Rosental Calmon Alves, Phillip Knightley, Gwen Lister, Goenawan Mohamad, Reginald Chua and Brant Houston."


"What we do

ICIJ projects are typically staffed by teams ranging from as few as three to as many as 20 reporters spread around the world. These journalists work with counterparts in other countries and with our Washington, D.C., staff to report, edit, and produce groundbreaking multimedia reports that adhere to the highest standards of fairness and accuracy.

Over the years, our teams have exposed smuggling by multinational tobacco companies and by organized crime syndicates; investigated private military cartels, asbestos companies, and climate change lobbyists; and broke new ground by publicizing details of Iraq and Afghanistan war contracts."



In addition to ICIJ’s in-depth reporting, the consortium plays a key role in bringing together investigative journalists from around the world. ICIJ reaches thousands of followers in dozens of countries with news on the latest reporting tools and techniques, awards, fellowships, and journalists under fire, via:

Our website,

Our Global Muckraker blog




Our YouTube channel


Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:31 | 4354318 Bear
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Well so much for the Fu King 'Revolution'

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:34 | 4354321 ILikeBoats
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Given this, does anyone doubt that there are at least 535 names connected from people in Washington DC, plus, all 9 SCOTUS and many other Federal judges, Generals, etc. who have similar accounts?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:35 | 4354323 mijev
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Is it just me or do all of these guys look the same?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:39 | 4354334 Reaper
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Central Planning works well for the noble elite planners. 

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:39 | 4354336 Shrapnel
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Imagine the drama that must be going on as these whales make whatever moves and arrangements they can with one hell of a shit storm fast approaching. Make that a reality show and I might actually turn on a TV!

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:52 | 4354363 HardlyZero
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We can purchase the rights to movie "2012" and just change a few of the characters...instead of a World Quake will be a Economic Quake as the Accountants dive from the 13th floor.

The quake will gently start in the Virgin Islands...and work its way to Miami and then up the East coast to Wall Street and then across Manhattan and then into DC.

Get Steely Dan to do the music.


January 31st FRIDAY !  Black Friday.    'when Black Friday comes...'

Will PWC get defrocked ?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:56 | 4354380 SweetDoug
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When these dirtbags are finally caught, when the people of China finally throw off these douchebags, they will come looking for those that helped them and it will be epic.

You know the dirtbag banks are up to their ears in laundering money and hiding it for these scum, too.

Hang'em in the streets.



Tue, 01/21/2014 - 23:59 | 4354383 teslaberry
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if and when the chinese kleptocrats get their heads lopped off in china---the military will take over. 

same as america. 


without kleptocrats in parallel kleptocracy running trade between both countries---, there's a lot less incentive to cooperate.


trade breaks down, kleptocracies are ended, and military rule of law breaks out. one on hand it could be a good opportunity for house cleaning on both sides, on the other, it could lead to world war of one sort or another. 


i'm still on the fence. world war 3 could actually be a lot better for citizens of nuclear superpowers------then people believe. deterrence might work to prevent conventional direct  bilateral conflict through the next major war. aftter all, it's not like the chinese just got nuclear weapons.

the real question is how the u.s. hands off the super power baton to china in the super power relay race we call history.    

with war? without? with kleptocracy ? without? 

how about a combination of all 4? over the next 70 years to 90 years without mutual nuclear annihilation. I'll take that.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 05:46 | 4354795 August
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>>>the real question is how the u.s. hands off the super power baton to china in the super power relay race we call history.

Probably the same way Britain handed off world power to the USA - via the death of 100 million or so third parties. 

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 00:25 | 4354443 Bull Bear Nice Pair
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4 trillion fiat money? Big deal! Who really cares? On the other hand, if it's 4 thousand tons of gold...

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 01:22 | 4354546 Dr. Bonzo
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I thought David Icke was full of shit when he said reptilian lizard aliens were running the planet, now I see these mug shots.... Fuck.... My sincerest apologies David.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 01:52 | 4354586 robertocarlos
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I'd do Li, Zhang, and Yang but not Du. 

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 02:57 | 4354669 Rising Sun
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It doesn't get more Orwellian that this.


Two sets of rules in China - the fucking pigs go off shore and the stupid fucking farm animals are left holding the bag on the mainland.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 03:06 | 4354681 desirdavenir
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what happens to China's $3 trillions cash reserve ? Is it proven, or should we remove this ca. $4 trillions from it ?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 03:32 | 4354702 zipit
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Another example of Ivy League sociopaths doing what they do best (lie, cheat, etc.).

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 04:39 | 4354747 praps
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Explains why the Chinese stock market keeps falling and the Western stock markets keep rising.  All  the money in coming out of China via BVI and pumped into Western markets

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 04:56 | 4354761 kurt
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Bottom Line

The Old Money hates the New Money especially when they act like them.

This story creates a sensation that distracts from the MUCH larger tax dodging going on among the elite. 

When I say "elite" I mean it like "pigshit".

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 05:03 | 4354770 GoldIsMoney
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That's a very sound decision. I wished billions more would do the same. Even the Chinese like to keep THEIR money, and it's very ok to  not give it volunarily to any state. Especially none of the States like USA, CHNA any EUR country.... So keep the money flowing out.

And dear Americans, please do the same

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 06:05 | 4354794 falak pema
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The rich of China having won the rip off of their nation as owners of the world factory producing for Pax Americana dystopian world; where 200 000 people own 30 T of off shored wealth and 85 own as much wealth as 3.5 billion sheeple.

We see this nebulous uber-community of Chinese using the same banks to park their wealth, in the same havens of Oligarchy playgrounds, where the color of skin and cultural origin is of NO CONSEQUENCE; only the color of your money counts!

How different it is to the reality of the national dystopian work grounds where humanity churns at the grindstone and squirms in the Foxconn factory to earn a pittance in a nation state hocked to debt subservience and permanent pollution of air and waters.

One reality for the 1% of 1% another for the 99% of the 99%.

And we call this the golden age of the rich and famous; scions of financialised innovation as never seen under the mad dogs and englishmens' noon day sun of western civilization's unquestioned brilliance.

Read this to understand why this a Maggie's british run offshore Farm game since forty years :

The nation at the heart of the offshore scandal: Britain | James Ball | Comment is free |

The Guardian once again at the healm of Oligarchy scam exposure like for Snowden/NSA. 

Play on Reaganomics cum Thatcherist Big Bang symphony orchestra on the Titanic of fiat vanities. 

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 08:39 | 4354900 Duude
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The question is how long before the Chinese give up the power in Hong Kong and the China mainland for a prosperous existence in a new country? The US would be amiss to not accept these people and their billions with open arms.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:14 | 4355098 robertocarlos
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At least the fiat in my mattress is real and not imaginary numbers in a bank account. Where do the Chinese wealthy keep their gold?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:23 | 4355536 CWulf
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Let the Global HyperInflation Games begin!

And let's not forget the American,

Super Patriot Oligarchs,

that made all this possible

in the first place,

warming their hands by the global conflagration

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