Date
25 July 2017
US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson meets Chinese Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua
US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson meets Chinese Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

US vows to cut red tape to repatriate China fugitives

The United States has promised to cut red tape in repatriating corrupt Chinese officials who have fled overseas.

The pledge, part of Washington’s support for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign, was made during a meeting between Chinese domestic security leaders Meng Jianzhu and Guo Shengkun and US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson in Beijing late last week, Reuters said, citing a report from the official Xinhua news agency.

“Secretary Johnson and Minister Guo agreed to a more streamlined process to repatriate Chinese nationals with final orders of removal, while applications for protection will continue to be handled in accordance with US law and American values,” the US Department of Homeland Security said in a statement on its website.

The meeting also touched on counter-terrorism, intellectual property rights, maritime law enforcement and cybersecurity issues, according to the Xinhua report.

The two sides agreed to increase information sharing on “foreign terrorist fighters through international databases”.

Guo said the two sides should seek cooperation in law-enforcement, and that both sides agreed they would not provide refuge to fugitives.

Chinese public security authorities said the United States supported Chinese programs dubbed “Sky Net” and “Operation Fox Hunt,” which are meant to coordinate a campaign to track down suspected corrupt officials who have fled overseas and to recover their assets.

The Chinese government has given the US a priority list of Chinese officials suspected of corruption and who are believed to have fled there, state media has reported.

Chinese officials have said more than 150 “economic fugitives” including corrupt government officials are in the US.

China’s anti-corruption watchdog said last month that more than 500 suspects were repatriated to China last year, along with more than 3 billion yuan (US$484.32 million).

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