Steps taken to ‘speed up’ cor­rupt fugi­tives’ re­turn

China, US said to be ‘in ad­vanced ne­go­ti­a­tions’ on 5 most-wanted of­fi­cials

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YAN in Bei­jing zhangyan1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chi­nese and US ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties have been speed­ing up ne­go­ti­a­tions on re­turn­ing five most wanted cor­rupt Chi­nese of­fi­cials, who are still on the run in the United States, to face trial at home.

A se­nior of­fi­cial from the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion said that “achieve­ments have been made” on some ma­jor cases through ju­di­cial and diplo­matic chan­nels, although no bi­lat­eral ex­tra­di­tion treaty was signed be­tween the two coun­tries.

The of­fi­cial, who de­clined to re­veal his name, said Chi­nese law en­force­ment of­fi­cers are seek­ing as­sis­tance from their US coun­ter­parts to re­turn the five key cor­rup­tion sus­pects, in­clud­ing Yang Xi­uzhu, former deputy head of the Zhe­jiang Pro­vin­cial Con­struc­tion Bureau, and Xu Chao­fan, former di­rec­tor of Bank of China’s Kaip­ing branch in Guang­dong prov­ince.

Yang is sus­pected of il­le­gal gains to­tal­ing 250 mil­lion yuan ($37 mil­lion) and il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, and has ap­plied to the US to can­cel her political asy­lum in the US to fa­cil­i­tate her re­turn, ac­cord­ing to the CCDI.

Xu, sus­pected of the theft of bank as­sets worth $483 mil­lion, is will­ing to come back to con­fess his crime, the source said.

“We will of­fer rel­e­vant ev­i­dence to our US coun­ter­parts in a timely man­ner and leave for the US at a proper time to con­duct a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion with

peo­ple can reg­is­ter for free and gain ac­cess to courses pro­vided by uni­ver­si­ties.

The open on­line course con­cept be­came popular in 2012, when many top uni­ver­si­ties The in Peo­ple’sthe United Lib­er­a­tionS­tates launchedArmy has har­nessed­such plat­forms.the power Likeof mas­sivean off­line open course,on­line cours­eson­line cours­esas part of ef­fortshave to as­sess­mentse­d­u­cate and and train ex­am­i­na­tions.its troops. Users can par­tic­i­pateDream Class,in videoan in­tranet­dis­cus­sions, plat­form sub­mit de­vel­oped as­sign­mentsand op­er­ated and takeby thea fi­nal Na­tional exam. Uni­ver­sity Onceof De­fensea course Tech­nol­ogy,is com­pleted, has reg­is­tere­dusers re­ceive­more thanan elec­tronic 320,000 of­fi­cers cer­tifi­cate­and sol­dier­sor a pa­per since copy. its launch Dream three Class, years whichago. en­ables The PLA ser­vice per­son­nel of­fer­sto ob­tain about knowl­edge170 on­line cours­esand skills that any­where are de­signed and by the any­time, col­lege was and launched13 PLA in­sti­tutes.in Au­gust They 2013, cover be­cominga wide rangethe firstof sub­jects,mas­sive open­from on­line mil­i­tary courses equip­ment pro­gram and op­er­a­tional tac­tics to bal­lis­tic mis­sile re­search and com­bat ma­neu­vers.

Around 400 PLA teach­ers and re­searchers are in­volved in the pro­gram, said Wang Huaimin, deputy head of ed­u­ca­tion at the uni­ver­sity, which is in Chang­sha, Hu­nan prov­ince.

“We ini­ti­ated this pro­gram in re­sponse to Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s re­quest that the uni­ver­sity use special mea­sures to train pro­fes­sion­als badly on the Chi­nese main­land. In June 2014, the num­ber of users reached 100,000, and by Au­gust that year the num­ber had dou­bled. needed Soldiersby the with mil­i­tary,”an uniden­ti­fied Wang said. “It com­bat­has proved unit suc­cess­fulin the South­ernin fos­ter­ing Theater of­fi­cers Com­mand­who have adopted in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary knowl­edge knowl­ed­gethey learnedand are fromable to Dream­carry out Class jointto im­prove op­er­a­tions.” drone re­con­nais­sance He said tac­tics,all the ac­cord­ing­courses com­binedto Lei Yongjun,last morean of­fi­cer than at 1,000the uni­ver­si­ty­hours and fea­turewho a over­seesto­tal of train­ingn­early 10,000af­fairs. videos and 30,000 An­other test ques­tions.ex­am­ple, he said, was Wang that said tech­ni­cians­the op­er­a­tionfrom a com­mu­ni­ca­tion­team for the mas­sive reg­i­ment openin the on­line Western courses Theater­has han­dledCom­mand more than used 100 meth­ods mil­lion learned pieces from Dream Clas­sof data, in­clud­ing 420,000to up­grade stu­dent their sig­nal ques­tions equip­men­tand 190,000ve­hi­cle, answers re­sult­ingfrom teach­ers.in bet­ter ef­fi­ciency. The two largest user groups are Fu from Qiang, the a Western pro­fes­sor Theater­with the Com­mand uni­ver­sity’sand the School Cen­tralof Theater Com­mand, he said.

The mas­sive open on­line courses con­cept was cre­ated in 2008 by two Canadian re­searchers who de­signed an on­line plat­form on which peo­ple can reg­is­ter for free and gain ac­cess to courses pro­vided by uni­ver­si­ties.

The open on­line course con­cept be­came popular in 2012, when many top uni­ver­si­ties in the United States launched such plat­forms. Like an off­line Elec­tronic Sci­ence and En­gi­neer­ing, said one of his Dream Class stu­dents is a staff of­fi­cer from a mis­sile bri­gade who asked Fu to help solve course,a prob­le­mon­line courses af­fect­ing havea type as­sess­mentsof mis­sile. and ex­am­i­na­tions. The Users pro­fes­sor can vis­ited par­tic­i­patethe brigadein video and dis­cus­sions, in­ves­ti­gated sub­mit­the prob­lem. as­sign­mentsHe then and worked­take a fi­nalout a exam. so­lu­tion that helped the unit clear Once up a coursethe dif­fi­culty.is com­pleted,The prob­le­musers re­ceive­and its an so­lu­tion elec­tronic were cer­tifi­cate in­cluded or ina pa­per­his Dream­copy. Class course Dream so Class, that which other en­able­susers hav­ingPLA per­son­nel­sim­i­lar is­suesto ob­tain­can learn knowl­edgeto han­dle­and skills them, any­whereFu said. and Wu any­time,Yi, a se­nior was com­mu­ni­ca­tion launched in Au­gust en­gi­neer 2013, from be­com­ingthe Western­the first mas­sive Theater open Com­mand, on­line said courses he pro­gramhas reg­is­tere­don the Chi­ne­se­for al­most main­land.all of the In Dream June Class 2014, cours­es­the num­ber be­causeof users “they reached­will sig­nif­i­cantly100,000, and ex­pand­myby Au­gust hori­zons that year the and num­ber knowl­edge had and dou­bled.will be Soldiersvery use­ful with to­myan uniden­ti­fied­work”. com­bat unit in the South­ern Theater Com­mand adopted knowl­edge they learned from Dream Class to im­prove drone re­con­nais­sance tac­tics, ac­cord­ing to Lei Yongjun, an of­fi­cer at the uni­ver­sity who over­sees train­ing af­fairs.

An­other ex­am­ple, he said, was that tech­ni­cians from a com­mu­ni­ca­tion reg­i­ment used meth­ods learned from Dream Class to up­grade their sig­nal equip­ment ve­hi­cle.

PHO­TOS BY XIN­HUA

Left: Yang Jin­jun, former gen­eral man­ager of Minghe Group in Wen­zhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, was repa­tri­ated in Septem­ber last year. Yang was the first of the 100 most-wanted fugi­tives repa­tri­ated from the US. Top right: Huang Yurong, a former se­nior of­fi­cial of the high­way agency in Henan prov­ince, sur­ren­ders at Bei­jing Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port in De­cem­ber last year after 13 years in the US. Bot­tom right: Zhu Haip­ing, former fi­nan­cial of­fi­cial with the civil avi­a­tion au­thor­ity of Hubei prov­ince and a fraud sus­pect, sur­ren­ders at Wuhan’s Tianhe In­ter­na­tional Air­port in July last year.

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