Beijing set­ting up G20’s first cen­ter to aid cor­rup­tion fight

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YAN and CAO YIN

China is mov­ing quickly to im­ple­ment the anti-cor­rup­tion con­sen­sus reached at the G20 Sum­mit, which ended on Mon­day in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, by set­ting up the group’s first anti-graft re­search cen­ter in Beijing.

The cen­ter will pro­vide in­tel­li­gence sup­port in the hunt for eco­nomic fugi­tives and con­fis­ca­tion of their ill-got­ten as­sets.

The cen­ter, based at Beijing Nor­mal Univer­sity, will of­fi­cially be­gin op­er­a­tions in a few months.

Dozens of ex­perts and pro­fes­sion­als who spe­cial­ize in graft-re­lated stud­ies from China and other G20 economies will be re­cruited, ac­cord­ing to the Com­mu­nist Party of China’s Cen­tral Com­mis­sion of Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, the coun­try’s top dis­ci­pline watch­dog.

“The es­tab­lish­ment of such a cen­ter will lay a solid foun­da­tion for stud­ies of cross-bor­der cor­rup­tion crimes and of­fer in­tel­li­gence sup­port to fight cor­rup­tion glob­ally,” said Cai Wei, deputy di­rec­tor of the CCDI’s In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Bu­reau.

He said the cen­ter will con­duct in-depth re­search among G20 mem­bers on cor­rup­tion crimes, in­clud­ing com­par­ing do­mes­tic and for­eign laws, pro­ce­dures for con­fis­cat­ing il­le­gal as­sets and ex­tra­di­tion and ju­di­cial as­sis­tance. Transna­tional com­mer­cial bribery will also be stud­ied.

The cen­ter will also set up a data­base of ex­perts and lawyers from G20 mem­bers with knowl­edge of anti-cor­rup­tion law en­force­ment, crim­i­nal law and as­set re­cov­ery. These ex­perts will con­duct re­search and train­ing and will share their ex­pe­ri­ences in tack­ling such prob­lems, ac­cord­ing to the CCDI.

To en­hance in­ter­na­tional law en­force­ment co­op­er­a­tion, mem­bers of the G20 de­cided at the sum­mit to set up an anti-cor­rup­tion re­search cen­ter. Ad­di­tion­ally, they adopted the G20 2017-18 Anti-Cor­rup­tion Ac­tion Plan.

Cai said es­tab­lish­ing the antigraft cen­ter in Beijing has won the sup­port of the G20 economies. “Western coun­tries are will­ing to of­fer in­tel­li­gence sup­port and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to hunt the fugi­tives, and the BRICS coun­tries (Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China and South Africa) ... are look­ing for­ward to hav­ing such a cen­ter.”

In re­cent years, many G20 economies, such as the United States, Canada and Aus­tralia, have be­come pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for flee­ing cor­rupt of­fi­cials, due to a lack of bi­lat­eral ex­tra­di­tion treaties and dif­fer­ences in laws, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity.

Since 2014, when China ini­ti­ated Skynet op­er­a­tions to tar­get the fugi­tives, 2,020 eco­nomic fugi­tives, in­clud­ing 342 cor­rupt of­fi­cials, have been brought back to face trial from more than 70 coun­tries and re­gions.

Western coun­tries are will­ing to of­fer in­tel­li­gence sup­port and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance.”

Con­tact the writ­ers at zhangyan1@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

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