G20 part­ner­ships help fight cross-bor­der cor­rup­tion

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Top News - By ZHANG YAN [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

Chi­nese ex­perts and pro­fes­sion­als have worked closely with part­ners from G20 mem­ber coun­tries to help com­bat cross-bor­der cor­rup­tion, ac­cord­ing to a Bei­jing-based G20 anti-cor­rup­tion re­search cen­ter.

Wang Xi­umei, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the re­search cen­ter, said it has worked to­gether with col­leagues from G20 mem­bers and adopted many valu­able pro­pos­als that have aided Chi­nese ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties in suc­cess­fully tack­ling a dozen ma­jor cross-bor­der cor­rup­tion crimes and get­ting sev­eral fugi­tives repa­tri­ated to face jus­tice.

The cen­ter was set up at Bei­jing Nor­mal Uni­ver­sity in Septem­ber 2016 as one of the achieve­ments of the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang province. It has spe­cial­ized in the anal­y­sis of pur­su­ing fugi­tives and re­cov­er­ing il­le­gal funds

Dur­ing the sum­mit, G20 mem­bers agreed to launch the anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign and re­fused to of­fer cor­rupt of­fi­cials “safe haven”. They also passed the G20 Anti-Cor­rup­tion Ac­tion Plan 2017-18.

Wang said the re­search cen­ter in­tended to in­vite dozens of ex­perts and pro­fes­sion­als, es­pe­cially from West­ern coun­tries, such as the United States and Canada, as vis­it­ing schol­ars who will con­duct tar­geted re­search on the laws and le­gal pro­ce­dures in those coun­tries in or­der to se­cure the re­turn of the fugi­tives and re­turn their ill-got­ten money.

More­over, they will promptly share aca­demic achieve­ments and com­pare do­mes­tic and for­eign laws and le­gal pro­ce­dures in­volv­ing ex­tra­di­tion of fugi­tives and con­fis­ca­tion of their il­le­gal funds, as well as an­a­lyz­ing some typ­i­cal cases to solve the prac­ti­cal prob­lems.

Wang said they will hold a sem­i­nar in Bei­jing in March dur­ing which ex­perts from G20 mem­bers will ad­dress their con­cerns and ex­change ideas to seek so­lu­tions to dif­fi­cul­ties in the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and West­ern coun­tries to cap­ture fugi­tives and re­cover their il­licit as­sets.

“In par­tic­u­lar, we will take the op­por­tu­nity to fully dis­cuss with each other and put for­ward pro­pos­als for our ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties to tar­get fraud and money-laun­der­ing crimes in­volv­ing cor­rupt fugi­tives, and to pre­vent them from us­ing the dirty money to ob­tain ‘green cards’ and in­vest in busi­nesses over­seas,” she said.

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