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Septem­ber 22

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New ini­tia­tive on re­cov­er­ing fugi­tives’ as­sets

Po­lice will not only bring fugi­tives back to China to face jus­tice, but will also em­pha­size re­cov­er­ing their il­le­gally gained as­sets, the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity said.

The re­cov­ery of as­sets ac­quired il­le­gally in China will be a new anti-cor­rup­tion ini­tia­tive in the com­ing months, said a se­nior min­istry of­fi­cial who re­quested anonymity.

Pub­lic se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties will work closely with Peo­ple’s Bank of China, par­tic­u­larly the di­vi­sion that cracks down on money laun­der­ing, the of­fi­cial said.

Au­thor­i­ties also will en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­duct joint in­ves­ti­ga­tions with other coun­tries on a case-by-case ba­sis in an at­tempt to repa­tri­ate cor­rupt of­fi­cials so they can stand trial. They also will share in­tel­li­gence with their coun­ter­parts in those coun­tries to lo­cate, freeze and re­cover the ill-got­ten as­sets, he said last week.

A large num­ber of cor­rupt of­fi­cials have trans­ferred bil­lions of yuan in il­le­gal funds to their for­eign ac­counts, ei­ther through money laun­der­ing or un­der­ground banks, the min­istry said.

End of le­prosy in China seen by 2020

Af­ter decades of ef­forts against le­prosy, the pos­si­bil­ity of elim­i­nat­ing the dis­ease in China is pos­si­ble by 2020, ac­cord­ing to the head the No­var­tis Foun­da­tion.

Ann Aerts of the No­var­tis Foun­da­tion made the com­ment to China Daily dur­ing the 19th In­ter­na­tional Le­prosy Congress in Bei­jing. The Switzer­land­based No­var­tis health-care com­pany pro­vides anti-le­prosy medicine free.

Le­prosy is in­fec­tious but cur­able. The or­gan­ism that causes it, my­cobac­terium lep­rae, has the unique abil­ity to in­fect the pe­riph­eral nerves in hu­mans, which may re­sult in an in­abil­ity to feel pain in the hands or feet, blind­ness and the loss of fin­gers or toes.

China de­tects around 600 to 700 new le­prosy pa­tients an­nu­ally. Glob­ally, around 211,000 peo­ple were di­ag­nosed with le­prosy in 2015 — an av­er­age of one ev­ery 2.5 min­utes. Of those, 1 in 11 are chil­dren, in­di­cat­ing con­tin­ued trans­mis­sion of the dis­ease. (Photo 3)

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