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China, Japan and India lag behind in international bribery battle

Report warns of lax enforcement and risk of undermining COVID recoveries

Transparency International's "Exporting Corruption 2020" report lists only four countries worldwide as practicing "active" enforcement against bribery of foreign public officials.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Asia's largest economies including China, Japan and India are among the least active enforcers against bribery in international business, a study by Transparency International has determined -- a warning flag for countries that play key roles in global trade.

In a report titled "Exporting Corruption 2020," released on Tuesday, the Germany-based nongovernmental organization rated 47 economies that account for 83% of the world's exports, based on anti-corruption metrics such as the number of investigations commenced and the number of cases concluded with sanctions.

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