Anti-graft fight yields sig­nif­i­cant re­sults

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 11 Comment Editorial • Opinion -

OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, the na­tional anti-graft cam­paign launched af­ter the 18th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China in Oc­to­ber 2012, has re­port­edly brought home some 3,317 cor­rupt fugi­tives from over­seas to face jus­tice and re­trieved as­sets of more than 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion). The Mir­ror com­mented on Satur­day:

The hard-won achieve­ments in the hunt for cor­rupt of­fi­cials that have fled over­seas of­fer a glimpse into China’s re­solve to com­bat cor­rup­tion on ev­ery front. Un­like vi­o­lent crim­i­nals, cor­rupt fugi­tives nor­mally re­frain from en­gag­ing in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter flee­ing to other coun­tries, and some of the very rich will even help the lo­cal econ­omy with their il­le­gal gains. That is prob­a­bly why their “host” coun­tries have found lit­tle in­cen­tive to as­sist Chi­nese law en­forcers and ex­tra­dit­ing these fugi­tives from jus­tice.

Whether China’s ex­tra­di­tion re­quests are ap­proved largely de­pends to what de­gree the rel­e­vant coun­tries are will­ing to co­op­er­ate, since the in­ter­na­tional law does not make ex­tra­di­tion a duty of sov­er­eign states. Only those with ex­tra­di­tion treaties with China, 48 coun­tries as of Jan­uary, will whole-heart­edly as­sist Chi­nese en­forcers with the “Fox Hunt” cam­paign.

China has also stepped up ef­forts to crack down on un­der­ground money-laun­der­ing plat­forms at home, dis­clos­ing at least 1,250 crim­i­nal cases in­volv­ing cor­rup­tion.

The cen­tral lead­er­ship’s strong de­ter­mi­na­tion to curb cor­rup­tion has served as a ma­jor de­ter­rent to any wrong­do­ing by of­fi­cials, said Xiao Pei, deputy head of the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, the Party’s top dis­ci­pline watch­dog.

The num­ber of cor­rupt of­fi­cials that fled over­seas fell from 101 in 2014 to 31 in 2015 and to 19 in 2016. This year the num­ber is just four, which is proof that pub­lic ser­vants are re­sist­ing the lure of il­le­gal gains.

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