Asia Briefs: Six jailed for Shanghai meat scandal

Six jailed for Shanghai meat scandal

SHANGHAI • A Chinese court has jailed six employees of a US company which supplied fast-food outlets including KFC and McDonald's with substandard meat in a high-profile scandal.

Ten employees of OSI Group were yesterday convicted of packaging out-of-date and substandard meat as new products, a court in Shanghai said on an official social media account. Four received suspended sentences.

The scandal came to light in 2014 when a Shanghai television station showed workers on the production line scooping meat off the floor and putting it back into processing machinery.


Taiwan elects first DPP Speaker

TAIPEI • Taiwan's Parliament yesterday elected its first Speaker from the China-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after the party triumphed in elections last month.

Mr Su Chia-chuan immediately relinquished his party titles after his election, as a first step towards parliamentary reform.

DPP chairman Tsai Ing-wen will on May 20 become the island's first female president after voters turned their backs on closer China ties under the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang party.


Delhi in garbage crisis as strike continues

NEW DELHI • Rubbish piled up on New Delhi's streets yesterday as refuse collectors vowed to push ahead with a nearly week-long strike over unpaid salaries, the latest crisis to hit the world's most polluted city.

Already reeling from dangerously high levels of toxic smog, the Indian capital is now grappling with uncollected garbage that has been mounting in parts of the city since Jan 27.

The Delhi government has blamed the city's three municipal corporations, controlled by its arch rival, the Bharatiya Janata Party, which rules at the national level, for the crisis.


China arrests fourth Japanese for spying

TOKYO • Japan yesterday denied that it carries out espionage activities abroad as it announced that Chinese authorities have formally arrested a fourth Japanese citizen on suspicion of spying. Few details have been released about the detained Japanese.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga previously announced that three are men and one is a woman. All were apprehended last year, with news of the formal arrests coming in stages.


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