According to Geopolitica.info, China’s state-owned tobacco company China National Tobacco Company (CNTC) spreads its tentacles around the world through illegal activities. CNTC, the world’s largest tobacco and tobacco producer, has expanded its global reach since the 1990s by working with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to establish subsidiaries, tobacco farms and retail markets around the world. is expanding.
Initially, CNTC’s expansion was through joint ventures with other multinational tobacco companies while operating independently as a supply chain as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). According to Geopolitica.info, CNTC’s recent expansionist strategy has been described as “ethically dubious” by several independent think tanks and governments, who have accused the company of outright illegality.
The CNTC has also been accused of smuggling cigarettes to avoid international tax drain, flooding international markets with illegal Chinese cigarette brands to increase its customer base. Ongoing investigations and investigative reports outline the map of CNTC misconduct since 2013. According to Geopolitica.info, Chinese tobacco exports millions of illegal cigarette brands to Ukraine from European factories.
The shipment contained ‘Regina Blue’ and ‘Regina Red’ brand cigarettes and was not tax stamped. These specific brands are manufactured by CNTC. A raid on smuggled tobacco products in Naples has revealed a network of smugglers in Italy and Moldova. Some were related to organized crime and exclusively he worked with the CNTC.
The cigarettes were sold to an Iraqi company called ‘Devmak Company’, ostensibly one of the top buyers of the Chinese Tobacco Company, and the company was paid for by smugglers, Geopolitica.info reported. company. The China Tobacco International Europe Company (CTIEC) has been accused of smuggling tobacco into conflict areas such as Libya, Syria and Iraq.
Chinese tobacco also ended up in a free-trade zone at the mouth of the Panama Canal, also known as the “Disneyland of smuggling.” Geopolitica.info reports that tracing the origins of these contraband found in Colombia has found traces of shell companies all the way back to the CNTC. The illegal smuggling of tobacco brands by the CNTC has flooded international markets with bold attempts to legalize and tax the brands.
In an infamous Colombian case in the 1990s, Marlboro cigarettes illegally flooded the market, and the government legalized its justification because stopping smuggling outright was not a comprehensive approach at the time. I was forced to Apart from its bold attempt to smuggle tobacco, the CNTC is moving production overseas. Geopolitica.info reports that Brazil has become a major supplier and farmers are in debt and working in difficult conditions to grow tobacco for China.
Moving production overseas is just one step towards implementing the Belt and Road strategy. China, the world’s largest tobacco producer, is trying to take over the market of Brazil, the second largest tobacco producer. Brazil is an important country for the global expansion of CNTC. The expansion of CNTC is not limited to Latin America, expanding further towards Africa, looping into the Belt and Road Initiative strategy.
According to Geopolitica.info, the CNTC continues to grow fairly rapidly despite coming under multiple scrutiny and fighting accusations of engaging in illegal trade activities. (Ani)
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