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Official was paid to attend China event featuring Bill Clinton

John Ashe, then U.N. ambassador for Antigua, interviews with Chinese media on the sidelines of the Global Summit of SME Leaders in Guangzhou in November 2013.

HONG KONG -- A corruption scandal involving former United Nations official John Ashe and Macau businessman David Ng Lap-seng appears to be widening.

     A criminal complaint against Ashe and Ng, unsealed by U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday in New York, includes allegations that three unnamed Chinese business executives paid Ashe separate bribes totaling $800,000. Ashe served as the U.N. ambassador for the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and president of the U.N. General Assembly.

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