China media urges US ‘sincerity’ over escaped officials
Mainland Chinese state media on Monday urged the United States to show more “sincerity” towards Beijing’s moves to track down its corrupt officials overseas, saying the U.S. should not become a safe haven for criminal suspects.
The New York Times had reported that Washington has warned Beijing about Chinese agents it says are operating secretly on its soil to pressure fugitives wanted for corruption and other misdeeds to return to China.
Citing unnamed U.S. officials, the Times said Sunday that the agents, working undercover for China’s Ministry of Public Security as part of a global manhunt Beijing dubs Operation Fox Hunt, were probably entering the country on tourism or trade visas.
But China’s official news agency Xinhua described them as Chinese law enforcement and said they had been ordered by the United States to return home immediately.