Former chairman Chang Xiaobing gets six-year sentence

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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Former executive who chaired China Unicom and then China Telecom goes to prison after admitting bribery

Chang Xiaobing, former chairman of China Unicom and China Telecom, has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to corruption.

Chang, who moved to China Telecom in 2015 after being chairman and CEO of China Unicom, admitted in April that he had accepted money and goods worth the equivalent of $546,000 between 1998 and 2014.

He pleaded guilty and returned the illegal gains, according to the South China Morning Post, quoting Beijing’s People’s Daily. In addition to his prison sentence, he will be fined the equivalent of $73,000.

But he was also said in December 2015 to have sold a state-owned office building below market price to Guo Boxiong, a retired general who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2016 for bribery.