Date
20 November 2017
Wang Qishan (left), widely seen as Xi Jinping's 'hatchet man', has a close working relationship with the Chinese president. Photo: Reuters
Wang Qishan (left), widely seen as Xi Jinping's 'hatchet man', has a close working relationship with the Chinese president. Photo: Reuters

China antigraft chief set to visit US

China’s anticorruption chief is preparing to visit the United States, the Financial Times reported, citing two unnamed sources.

Wang Qishan heads the Communist Party’s graft watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).

He has masterminded the unprecedented anticorruption campaign that has been a highlight of President Xi Jinping’s first two years in power.

Casualties of the anticorruption campaign include former members of the Politburo Standing Committee and the party’s Central Military Commission.

The campaign includes a renewed drive, codenamed Operation Fox Hunt, to track down and extradite corrupt officials who have sought refuge abroad.

China would like countries, such as the US, that do not have extradition treaties with it to be more cooperative in handing over such miscreants.

“If the visit is in Wang’s official CCDI capacity, then one of the main reasons is to pursue fugitives and ill-gotten wealth,” Peter Mattis, an expert on Chinese security with the Jamestown Foundation, told the FT.

Arrangements for Wang’s trip have not yet been finalised. Xi will pay a state visit to the US in September.

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