Date
19 September 2017
APEC members set plans for Act-Net, an anti-corruption information-sharing network, at a meeting in Beijing in mid-August. Photo: WSJ
APEC members set plans for Act-Net, an anti-corruption information-sharing network, at a meeting in Beijing in mid-August. Photo: WSJ

China set to host regional anti-graft network

China is expected to win backing from Asia Pacific nations to host a new regional anti-corruption network, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The 21 members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which began their annual meeting in Beijing on Wednesday, are set to affirm a plan for information-sharing on corruption, the report said, citing people familiar with the strategy.

The network, called Act-Net, will be based at a training facility of China’s anti-graft watchdog, a secret police feared for its extra-legal powers to detain and investigate officials without charge or lawyer representation.

China is increasingly extending its sweeping domestic anti-graft campaign internationally to “cut off the escape route of corrupt fugitives”, according to sources.

Despite China’s unorthodox strategies for investigating corruption, APEC members appeared not to challenge its bid to initially host the network.

Expanded under President Xi Jinping ’s administration, China’s anticorruption commission has judged and punished tens of thousands of party members with minimal public disclosure.

A deputy secretary of the commission, Chen Wenqing, heads the training arm that will house Act-Net, the China Academy of Supervision and Discipline Inspection.

The academy is an “advanced teaching facility,” according to documents Chinese officials gave to APEC members in August.

These included snapshots of cushy cubicles in a “Mental Relaxation Classroom” and a mock registration counter dubbed a “Complaint Reception Stimulation Room.”

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