How India Lost Billions To South Korea – Adani Scandal

Due to the Adani Scandal, where Chang Chung-Ling violated sanctions against trading with North Korea, India has lost billions to South Korea.

There is evidence indicating that an entity linked to the Adani Group financially supported a company that violated sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on trade with North Korea. The sanctioned company was owned by sons of Chang Chung-Ling, an Adani Group associate who appeared in the Hindenburg report due to his directorship of Adani entities under scrutiny in that report. At the heart of this issue is a tanker that transferred oil products to a North Korean ship in violation of UNSC sanctions in December 2017. A 2018 report by the UNSC on illegal trade with North Korea identifies this vessel and associated people and companies. This article analyses other official materials to show that those people and companies have documented ties to the Adani Group.

The Koti, courtesy Agence France-Presse / Getty Images. The ship was seized after violating sanctions against trade with North Korea and was owned by businesses associated with the Adani Group.

Gautam Adani’s business empire has had a long-standing relationship with the People’s Republic of China. From the time he started his career as a trader in the late 1980s to becoming one of the richest men in the world, he maintained a close connection with Chinese firms. Just before Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India in May 2014, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in the Ministry of Finance served two show-cause notices on his companies alleging over-invoicing of power-generation equipment from China. The cases are in court. The latest revelations about his Chinese associate are likely to generate controversy.


Chang Chung-Ling, also known as (aka) Lingo-Chang, is closely associated with the Adani Group through various directorships. According to the Hindenburg report, Lingo-Chang’s son, Chien-Ting Chang (aka Morris Chang), is the representative of the Adani Group in Taiwan. (This is NOT the Morris Chang who is a well-known American-Taiwanese businessman known for his work in the field of semiconductors.) Lingo-Chang has another son, Chien-Huan Chang, aka Norris (!) Chang. Together, Morris and Norris Chang are involved in shipping companies that have violated sanctions against trading with North Korea and which also are involved with shipping companies using the Adani brand.

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