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The Chinese get in on the tax evasion action. Well, maybe.

The newest member of the G20 nation group’s initiative to stamp out tax evasion and tax avoidance is China, with the country agreeing to share tax records.

If you haven’t been keeping score, the Chinese has the second-largest economy in the whole bloody world. That means there’s most likely shedloads of shenanigans going on behind the scenes where no one can see them, especially when it comes to people playing fast and loose with tax rules, but this might be a thing of the past now that China’s going to be adding a bit of transparency to the mix – well, when it comes to tax records.

Okay, so I’m not the only one who tends to scoff when I hear the words “Chinese government” and “transparency” placed together in the same sentence, am I? I mean this is the same country that has perfected the art of secret (and not-so-secret) human rights violations and state-sanctioned cyberwarfare. Yes, I know what you’re going to say – that there’s no hard evidence – but you’re telling me that there’s nothing untoward going on in the Asia Pacific region? Why don’t we ask Tibet?

Still, maybe the Chinese are getting their house in order. There has been a rather public crackdown on corrupt public officials taking bribes and the like, so perhaps there’s going to be some more, organised attempts to stay on the straight and narrow when it comes to business and economic matters. You can’t get much more corrupt than tax evasion – well, there’s plenty more corrupt than that, but we’re talking economic crimes here after all – and if there’s much fewer Chinese officials taking a bags of dosh under the table than there were in the past, surely tax evasion is going to diminish as well, right?

Let’s just not ask where these former government officials are now, shall we? I’m sure there’s a deep, dark hole somewhere in Shandong Province filled with rumpled business suits, and that’s all I’m going to say about that because I don’t need to wake up in the middle of the night with a black bag over my head. And don’t tell me I’m being paranoid, either – just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean people really aren’t out to get you.

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