Date
21 November 2017
China is stepping up efforts to snare 'economic fugitives' as part of an anti-graft campaign launched by President Xi Jinping. Photo: Bloomberg
China is stepping up efforts to snare 'economic fugitives' as part of an anti-graft campaign launched by President Xi Jinping. Photo: Bloomberg

Beijing gives US ‘priority list’ of wanted officials

Beijing has provided a “priority” list to the United States of Chinese officials who are suspected of corruption and are believed to be at large in the US, according to China Daily.

The paper cited Xu Jinhui, head of the anti-graft bureau at China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate, as saying that Beijing is seeking to strengthen cooperation with Washington in a bid to get fugitive Chinese officials repatriated and have their assets confiscated.

Xu said most suspected corrupt officials overseas either worked for the government or state-owned enterprises and took bribes or embezzled public funds. 

Last year, Chinese officials said more than 150 “economic fugitives”, many of them described as corrupt government officials, were in the United States, Reuters noted.

The news agency quoted a US state department spokesman as saying that China had agreed to supply “more evidence regarding their priority fugitive cases, so that we can increase our focus on the location and prosecution or removal of these fugitives”.

Any decision to repatriate a person would depend on whether the US is satisfied that the person will receive a fair trial and not be subject to torture or other forms of mistreatment, the spokesman said.

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