Wanted: Ob­sta­cles still hin­der joint ef­fort

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA -

our coun­ter­parts,” the CCDI of­fi­cial said. “We are in ad­vanced ne­go­ti­a­tions with the US to speed up the process for the fugi­tives’ re­turn.”

In re­cent years, the US, Canada, Aus­tralia and Sin­ga­pore have be­come popular des­ti­na­tions for cor­rupt Chi­nese of­fi­cials who flee, due to lack of bi­lat­eral ex­tra­di­tion treaties and dif­fer­ences in laws, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity.

Mean­while, 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.

Since April last year, when In­ter­pol is­sued red no­tices to track down 100 ma­jor Chi­nese cor­rupt of­fi­cials who fled, four have re­turned from the US to face trial, in­clud­ing 58-year-old Yang Jin­jun, brother of Yang Xi­uzhu, who is sus­pected of bribery and cor­rup­tion.

He was force­fully repa­tri­ated to China from the US in Septem­ber last year after spend­ing 14 years on the run.

Although progress has been made, some ob­sta­cles still hin­der the ef­forts be­tween China and US in nab­bing fugi­tives and con­fis­cat­ing their il­le­gal funds.

Zhang Xiaom­ing, deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the ju­di­cial as­sis­tance and for­eign af­fairs de­part­ment of the Min­istry of Jus­tice, said it is nec­es­sary to of­fer solid ev­i­dence to US ju­di­cial of­fi­cials and to make sure Chi­nese law en­force­ment of­fi­cials are well-versed in US and in­ter­na­tional law.

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