China has launched a campaign targeting economic criminals who flee overseas, news portal sohu.com reported Wednesday.
Fox Hunting 2014, spearheaded by the Ministry of Public Security, aims to bring the fugitives to justice wherever they may be, the report said, citing Vice Minister Liu Jinguo.
Since 2008, 730 criminals have been repatriated to China from 54 countries through bilateral exchanges. Between 2000 and 2011, 18,487 government officials were arrested after fleeing the mainland.
Canada, the United States and Australia were the preferred destinations of the suspects, followed by Latin America, Africa, eastern Europe and neighboring countries. Some officials went to certain Pacific islands and Central America.
There is no breakdown of countries or regions that are harboring economic fugitives from China but Asian, African and North American locations were among the more popular choices, the report said.
Chinese public security officials have been working with their foreign counterparts to repatriate the suspects or have them prosecuted by the host government.
Once convicted, they will lose right of abode in the host country and have no choice but to return home.
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