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City travel agency suspended amid GSK investigation

A Shanghai travel agency that was named in connection with a bribery investigation into the UK pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline has been suspended by the city's tourism administration.

Shanghai Grandtour International Travel Service Co. is suspected of illegal activity involving a large sum of money, according to the Shanghai Tourism Administration.

The administration said it had formed a joint inspection team with law enforcement authorities and had urged the travel agency to carry out an internal examination and to cooperate with the government probe.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, the Grandtour Travel Service Co. was one of the channels used by the pharmaceutical company to transfer more than 3 billion yuan (US$489 million) of bribes since 2007.

Weng Jianyong, the travel agency's legal representative, is currently being held by police along with four GSK China executives.


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