Date
18 August 2017
China says it has achieved several breakthroughs in the campaign against officials and businessmen who fled abroad with ill-gotten gains. Photo: Bloomberg
China says it has achieved several breakthroughs in the campaign against officials and businessmen who fled abroad with ill-gotten gains. Photo: Bloomberg

China says it snared 180 fugitives in ‘Operation Fox Hunt’

China said it has captured 180 economic crime suspects in a campaign that began in July targeting people who have fled the country, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Under “Operation Fox Hunt”, 104 people were arrested by police abroad, while 76 returned to China to give themselves up, the Ministry of Public Security was quoted as saying Thursday. 

The suspects were apprehended in 40 countries and regions, according to the report.

Forty-four of the suspects were said to be involved in economic cases worth over 10 million yuan each.

Cooperation of many countries and regions helped lead to the arrests, the ministry was quoted as saying, citing “breakthroughs” in Africa, South America, the South Pacific and Western Europe.

China sent 20 teams to Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia and other neighboring countries, arresting 75 suspects, the report said.

Liu Jinguo, vice minister of the public security ministry, urged police to strengthen publicity and encourage people to provide tips and help the crackdown on fugitive economic criminals, it said.

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