China recovers 40 of 100 most-wanted fugitives, anti-graft work to become easier

By Liu Caiyu Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/23 23:28:39

China's anti-graft work will become easier as it has gained international recognition and support, experts noted, after 40 out of the 100 most-wanted fugitives issued by Interpol's National Central Bureau of China in 2015 have been recovered by China as of April.

The 40 have been returned to China since the list was issued two years earlier, according to a newspaper run by the Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection of the Communist Party of China.

China had recovered 2,566 fugitives from 10 countries and regions from 2014 to 2016, 410 of whom are Party members and government officials, and also recovered about 8.9 billion yuan ($1.29 billion), according to the report.

"China's anti-graft efforts have earned wide recognition, and its anti-graft work is expected to become easier as China continues to gain prominence," said Zhuang Deshui, deputy director of the Research Center for Government Integrity Building at Peking University.

Fugitives can be recovered through various channels, including by extradition treaties, working with Interpol and judicial cooperation with foreign countries, Gao Bo, an anti-graft expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Sunday.

China enjoys extradition treaties with 48 countries as of January, including France, Spain and Italy, according to Liu Jianchao, director of the international cooperation bureau of China's top discipline watchdog, the China News Service reported.

Australia promised on Friday to speed up the ratification of an extradition treaty with China after the first China-Australia high-level security dialogue held in Sydney.

"Having an extradition treaty is the most convenient way to track fugitives, but due to ideological differences, China and some Western nations have not signed any," Zhuang told the Global Times.

China has also been working closely with Interpol, which allows its 190 members to help seek wanted persons and offer judicial assistance, by issuing red notices, Gao said.

Guo Wengui was the most recent Chinese fugitive on a red notice, who is known to have close ties with disgraced former State security vice minister Ma Jian and has lived mainly in the US since leaving China two years ago.



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