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)