Chau Chak Wing
Chau Chak Wing (Chinese: 周泽荣; pinyin: Zhōu Zéróng; Jyutping: Zau1 Zaak6wing4; born 1954), is a Chinese-born Australian property developer and billionaire philanthropist known for his business Kingold Group based in Guangzhou, China. He is a citizen of Australia, from Chaozhou, China, and known for the $70 million purchase of the house of James Packer in 2015. He donated $20 million for the construction of the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, part of the University of Technology of Sydney in Sydney, Australia, and another $15 million for the construction of a new museum in the University of Sydney.
Alleged bribery of UN official
Chau Chak Wing was named in an FBI investigation in the case of bribery of the former president of the United Nations General Assembly, John Ashe. The FBI alleged Dr. Chau paid John Ashe $200,000 in November 2013 via Sheri Yan, an Australian-Chinese suspected by ASIO of Chinese intelligence activity, on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party. Chau Chak Wing strenuously denied any involvement. In December 2016 he launched a lawsuit against Fairfax Media alleging he had been defamed.
ASIO investigation of Chinese influence and political donations
A joint Four Corners and Fairfax Media investigation claimed that Chau, among others, was the subject of a briefing by ASIO warning of Chinese government influence over the Australian political system. In a follow-up media story in The Australian, Chau said that claims he was an agent of Chinese soft power were "irrational". He said successive governments since the Howard era had sought his help in promoting Australian interests in China, including being asked to lobby for Australia to win a $150 billion LNG deal with China in 2001: "In relation to Australian companies, if Australian businesses needed my assistance for development in China, I have been quietly helping them ... this has been recognised by the Australian government. I have promoted trade, Australia tourism, business and education without seeking personal gain or any favour in return. In fact it has been more a case of exercising Australian soft power in China."
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