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Charges groundless, says China


Beijing: China on Tuesday dismissed as ‘groundless’ allegations that eight of its ruling Communist Party officials including President Xi Jinping’s brother-in-law used off-shore tax heavens while the official media here alleged that “powerful” western forces were behind the ‘Panama Papers’.

“For such groundless allegations I have no comments” to make, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing when asked about the ‘Panama Papers’. He declined to answer another question about whether China, which embarked on new tax reforms, will investigate the offshore accounts.
“As for the Panama papers, I have no comment,” Hong said.