Date
28 May 2017
China has managed to secure the return of some economic fugitives following an anti-graft campaign launched by President Xi Jinping. Photo: Bloomberg
China has managed to secure the return of some economic fugitives following an anti-graft campaign launched by President Xi Jinping. Photo: Bloomberg

China lauds cooperation of other nations in graft fight

China has received “positive cooperation” from several countries in the efforts to secure the repatriation of corrupt officials who have fled abroad, the Communist Party’s disciplinary body said on Thursday.

“Since the release of the 100 person ‘red notice’ list, our country has had positive cooperation with many other countries’ legal authorities, and signs have appeared of some suspects abroad who have been hidden for a long time and thought they’d gotten away with it,” the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said, according to Reuters.

“Media at home and abroad have dug deep, the people have proactively paid attention, people here and overseas have enthusiastically offered tips,” the anti-graft body was quoted as saying in a statement.

The Chinese government earlier this year unveiled an initiative called “Sky Net” to better coordinate its fight to return corrupt officials, and published a list of 100 suspected corrupt people believed to be abroad and subject to an Interpol “red notice”.

As of the end of May, 214 suspects have been returned to the country, according to authorities.

CCDI said that no country wished to be viewed as a “safe haven” for the corrupt.

“The ‘red notice’ has announced to the 100 people on it that they have become enemies to the world,” it said.

President Xi Jinping has launched a sweeping campaign against graft since assuming power in late 2012, but has been hampered to an extent by difficulty in getting corrupt officials and assets back from overseas, Reuters noted.

China does not have extradition treaties with the United States or Canada, the two most popular destinations for suspected economic criminals.

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