Bribery and other illegal means of competition will mar a company's credit
standing, the market watchdog in the booming southern Chinese province Guangdong
In its latest move to combat bribery in business, Guangdong Provincial
Industry and Commerce Administration has decided to blacklist businesses that
disregard the rules of fair play in opencompetitions by offering kickbacks,
according to the administration's press release on Wednesday.
Businesses that offer bribes will face "severe punishment", it said without
The crackdown will mainly target construction, land leasing, intellectual
property trading, medicine and government procurement sectors, it said.
China has declared war on business-to-business bribes this year. It is
revising laws and regulations and calling for concerted efforts from the
government, business circles as well as citizens to fight corruption which could
become a major threat to the country's investment environment.
Companies bidding for business in China sometime offer potential customers or
partners kickbacks ranging from cash and luxury goods to paid holiday travel.
Many companies believe that the practice is a "tacit rule" of the Chinese market
until a Los Angeles company was fined in the United States for paying bribes in
DPC (Tianjin) Co. Ltd or DePu, the Chinese subsidiary wholly owned by the Los
Angeles-based Diagnostic Products Corp., had to pay 4.8 million U.S. dollars
last May to settle issues related to illegal write-offs that were used to hide
the expense of making bribes.
The company was found to have paid about 1.6 million U.S. dollars to doctors
and others in public hospitals and then recorded the payments as legitimate
expenses while the money was actually used to pay