Blog: PetroChina's 'Luxury Car Gate'
Dave Leggett | 25 November 2011
Here's a curious one. A state organisation in China has been pilloried for buying 'luxury cars' for the use of its officials.
Interesting that PetroChina is apparently being singled out like this. The media report is also interesting for the detail on the case for the defence with respect to a vehicle claimed to have been purchased in 2001 that wasn't actually introduced to China until 2003. So PetroChina then says it was purchased in 2005. 'I hit a 1 on my keyboard when I should have hit the 5, but the keys are close together. My bad!'.
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