Former China Telecom chief pleads guilty to bribery - Xinhua

Matthew Miller

BEIJING, April 18 (Reuters) - Chang Xiaobing, the former

chief executive and chairman of China Telecom Corp,

pleaded guilty on Tuesday to taking bribes at the beginning of

his trial, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Prosecutors accused Chang of accepting money and valuables

worth more than 3.76 million yuan ($546,500) between 1998 and

2014 as a telecom official and, later, chairman of China Unicom

, the news agency said.

Last July, the China's Central Commission for Discipline

Inspection announced that Chang had been expelled from the

Communist Party.

Chang's case was tried at the Intermediate People's Court in

Baoding City in Hebei province, Xinhua said. A verdict will be

announced later.

Chang was not available for comment.

($1 = 6.8800 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(Reporting By Matthew Miller; Editing by Robert Birsel)