China’s global influence campaign: As Xi Jinping pushes his vision of China as a global power, other countries are increasingly perturbed by Beijing’s aggressive interference tactics, writes Jane Perlez. (NYT)
Guo Wengui: Chinese officials have reportedly been abusing their visas and breaking U.S. law to harass the whistleblower in New York, sparking confusion in law enforcement over how to respond, write Kate O’Keefe, Aruna Viswanatha, and Cezary Podkul. (WSJ)
Corruption case tests U.S.-Turkish relations: The New York trial centers on a Turkish businessman with ties to Ankara’s political elite: “It is going to be very embarrassing to the Turks.”
Ending secret U.S. companies: Corporate anonymity is a conduit for crime,write George GonzÁlez, Daniel Nielson, and Eliza Riley. (Deseret News)
Trump’s foreign ties: His administration “has not sanctioned an Iranian firm with ties to both the Revolutionary Guard and to one of the Trump Organization’s business partners,” writes Adam Davidson. (New Yorker)
Russia uranium bribery probe: A Wyoming senator has asked the DoJ todisclose exactly what it did to warn U.S. officials over a controversial Obama-era energy deal. (The Hill)
Putin, Ukraine, authoritarianism: Anne Applebaum and Mikhail Khodorkovskytalk to Susan Glasser. (Politico)
Ukraine anti-graft court: President Poroshenko promised to begin legislating by the end of this year. (RFE/RL)
Pressuring DR Congo: As a recent Sentry report shows, U.S. financial leverage could prevent corruption and human rights abuses, writes Rachel Ansley. (Atlantic Council)
Angola pays price for graft risk: Widespread corruption means U.S. banks areunlikely to return anytime soon. (Bloomberg)
Gaming the system: A new mobile app aims to spread awareness of kleptocracy,writes Mark Singer. (New Yorker)
Compiled by Nate Sibley.
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