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Liu Chaoying, the daughter of a powerful Chinese military official, is also the vice president for international trade of Casil, a Hong Kong company that is controlled by the state-owned China Aerospace Corp.
Liu became part of the ongoing campaign finance investigations after Johnny Chung, who recently reached a plea bargain agreement with the Justice Department, told investigators that he received $300,000 from Liu, at least $35,000 of which he turned around and contributed to U.S. political campaigns.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry and China Aerospace Corp. have denied that Liu gave money to Chung. A statement by China Aerospace Corp. said the firm had carried out an investigation of the matter and found that "none of the company's members had been involved in any way in political fund-raising."
"Liu herself," the statement said, "stated clearly that the accusations are groundless and based on rumor."
China Aerospace Corp. manufactures rockets and launches satellites, sometimes for Western clients. Some Republicans allege that one such client, Loral Space and Communications Ltd., received export waivers related to satellite technology from the Clinton administration as a result of campaign contributions from Loral CEO Bernard Schwartz.
In July 1996, Liu accompanied Chung to a Los Angeles fund-raising event and was photographed with President Clinton.
Last updated May 28, 1998
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