The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on Wan Kuok Koi, a leader of China’s 14K Triad organized crime group, and three entities “owned or controlled” by him, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement.
The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) was targeting Wan, also known as “Broken Tooth,” as part of broader efforts to stamp out corruption across several countries in Asia and Africa, it said.
The statement said Wan was a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a largely ceremonial advisory body – a claim refuted by Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.
Hua told a daily news conference in Beijing that Wan was not a member of the CPPCC, and that some U.S. personnel are “fabricating lies and taking any opportunity to smear China.”
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