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U.S. Company Agrees to Pay Up but Does Not Admit Liability in China Nepotism Case

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Qualcomm was accused of nepotism in its China hiring practices between 2002 and 2012

American telecommunications and semiconductor company Qualcomm agreed Tuesday to pay a large sum after being accused of hiring the younger relatives of Chinese officials who were deciding whether to do business with it.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) found that Qualcomm’s hiring conduct between the years 2002 and 2012 may have violated antibribery laws, reports Reuters.

Qualcomm agreed to pay $7.5 million without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings. The company said it now more closely scrutinizes employment procedures.

The probe into Qualcomm was part of a broader SEC investigation into the hiring by American companies of “princelings,” a term used in Asia to refer to the junior relatives of the Chinese Communist Party elite.


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