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Big bucks for Blair on lucrative China trip
Former British prime minister Tony Blair was paid 500,000 dollars for a three-hour trip to a luxury Chinese housing estate, state press reported Thursday and questioned whether he was worth it.
Some newspapers criticised the whirlwind visit, sponsored by a real estate company, as a show of extravagance and said Blair, who resigned earlier this year, produced little more than cliches.
Blair gave a speech during Tuesday’s visit to Dongguan in China’s southern province of Guangdong and stopped by a luxury villa compound developed by his trip’s sponsor, Guangda Group.
The real estate company also offered him one of the houses worth 38 million yuan (five million dollars), the Guangzhou Daily said.
The newspaper did not say whether he accepted the villa, while noting that the cash payment would have been 330,000 dollars after tax.