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Patrick Devillers, a French architect linked to the Bo Xilai
scandal has been arrested in Cambodia.
On June 19, Cambodian police revealed the arrest of Devillers
was carried out in cooperation with Beijing, who is seeking his extradition.
Police chief Phnom Penh said they were considering
whether to send Devillers to China or France.
Reuters previously reported that a mysterious figure,
possibly Devillers, played a key role in the Bo case.
Evidence shows that Devillers had a close business
and personal relationship with Gu Kailai, the wife of former Chongqing party secretary, Bo Xilai.
Reports said that 52-year-old Devillers was allegedly one
of Gu's lovers.
Devillers was hired by Bo, mayor of Dalian in the 1990s,
to design the layout of a new street grid and city landmarks.
He has been close to Bo's family since.
News of Deviller's arrest comes a week after He Guoqiang,
a member of the Politburo Standing committee,
paid a visit to Phnom Penh, during which multi-million dollar
infrastructure deals were signed.
It is unclear whether there is any link between He Guoqiang's
visit and Deviller's arrest.
However, Cambodia is a close ally to the Chinese
Communist Party (CCP).
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen often
praises Beijing's no-strings-attached aid.
China Careless With Its Poverty But Gives Aid to IMF
On June 18, at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos Mexico,
China announced its offering of US $43 billion
to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) crisis-fighting
Overseas media reported that 100 million Chinese people
live in a poverty yet the government made this move, so it will be questioned by Mainlanders.
After the five BRICS group, Brazil, Russia, India, China
and South Africa, met on Monday at the G20 Summit they
released a joined statement regarding their willingness
to provide funding to IMF.
However, the five BRICS requested to gain more rights
to speak, in order to reflect their growing influence.
Brazil, Russia and India have decided
to contribute US$10 billion to IMF.
Voice of America cited Chinese Academy of Sciences'
2012 Report of China Sustainable Development.
It said the poverty line was $1 per day by the end of 2011,
128 million population's annual income is below RMB 2300 Yuan (US$354).
In another words, every 1 out of 11 people
live in poverty.
Compared with the world's top economic country, the US,
their poverty line in 2012 announced by the government is,
for a family of four, an annual income of $23,050, which
is equivalent to $15 per day per capita; a family of eight is $13 per day per capita.
Reports said that China announced in June that this year it will
provide RMB150 million Yuan ($24 million) to Afghanistan
and $10 billion to Shanghai Cooperation Organization's
In May, China confirmed its offer of RMB 120 million Yuan
($20 million) to Cambodia and will offer RMB100 million Yuan ($16 million) to Yemen.
According to the State Council's statistics, China's foreign
aid mainly falls into three types - grants, interest-free loans, interest-free loans and concessional loans.
The grants take the most percentage of foreign aid, 40%,
and concessional loans takes the least.
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