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Boris Johnson rejects claims over billion-pound Chinese property deal. Boris Johnson, the London mayor, has rejected allegations of over-cosy relations between officials and a Chinese company chosen to run a multibillion-pound development project in London, also denying any knowledge of claims that the firm which won the contract was involved in forced evictions in Beijing.
An investigation by Channel 4 News found that Advanced Business Park (ABP), the Beijing-based company selected to develop a 14-hectare (35-acre) complex of offices and shops at the Royal Albert Dock near London City airport, had close links to London & Partners, the official business promotion company for the capital, which is part-funded by Johnson’s mayoral office.
London & Partners was part of the evaluation process for bids by companies seeking to develop the Royal Albert Dock site, which is intended as a commercial centre aimed at Asian businesses. She also formed a company called London China ABP, but dissolved it before it was due to file accounts.