beyondfantasy3 111M
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8/11/2014 3:11 pm
Who knew ??

More than 150 economic fugitives, many of whom are corrupt officials or suspected of graft in China, are at large in the United States, Chinese state media said on Monday, citing a senior official from the public security ministry.

The United States "has become the top destination for Chinese fugitives fleeing the law," the China Daily newspaper said, citing Liao Jinrong, director general of the ministry's International Cooperation Bureau.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has made fighting pervasive graft a central theme and has warned, like others before him, that corruption threatens the Communist Party's survival.

Beijing has long grappled with the issue of so-called "naked officials" - government workers whose husbands, wives or are all overseas - who use foreign family connections to illegally shift assets out of China or to avoid investigation. Some estimates put the number of Chinese officials and family members moving assets offshore at more than 1 million in the past five years.

But bringing these fugitives back to China isn't easy. There is no extradition treaty between China and the United States, and foreign governments have expressed reluctance to hand over Chinese suspects as they could face the death penalty in China.

Last month, China launched what it called a "fox hunt" for corrupt officials, saying it will track down fugitives around the world and punish them.

"This is a new message that the current administration is sending to the public," said Zhu Jiangnan, an assistant politics professor at the University of Hong Kong, who specializes in corruption in China. "In past years, the government didn't say very explicitly they will get corrupt officials back to China."

A case highlighting the problems of extradition is Lai Changxing, once China's most-wanted fugitive, who fled to Canada with his family in 1999 and claimed refugee status saying allegations that he ran a multibillion-dollar smuggling operation in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen were politically motivated. His case triggered tensions between Beijing and Ottawa. Canada eventually deported Lai in 2011, and he was jailed for life the following year.

Globally, 320 suspects in corruption cases were "seized and brought back to China" in the first half of this year, state news agency Xinhua said in July.

In March, China's top prosecutor, Cao Jianming, said more than 10 billion yuan ($1.65 billion) in "dirty money" and property was recovered and 762 corruption suspects were captured at home or abroad last year.

Since the mid-1990s, an estimated 16,000-18,000 party officials, businessmen and other individuals have "disappeared" from China, according to a People's Bank of China report prepared in 2008 - taking with them an estimated 800 billion yuan.

By Sui-Lee Wee

beyondfantasy3 111M
4737 posts
8/12/2014 4:18 pm

It's amazing how people rely on the nation and the country to gain money, and then they turn and steal it from the same nation and people who they relied upon to gain it.
mankind is a strange being when it comes to money..... It has served to make fools of many and in the process cost some their lives because greed was unaware to be aware of its own excess.
I don't have any sympathy for people who loot the nation and the people. the best I can give to them is a prayer that they find in their soul the need to make atonements.

beyondfantasy3 111M
4737 posts
8/16/2014 8:03 am

    Quoting sunshine2012014:
    In China, corruption is everywhere, it is a very serious problem for many years.
    It also involved in our tradition and national character.
    To crack down on the crime of corruption, it should be a process of system construction, be a process of restoring legal environment and the government credibility, be a gradual process.
    Since Chinese President Xi Jinping made fighting pervasive graft as a central theme,we have seen some new sights, these changes are desirable, full of hope, and encouraging.
    Of course, China's problem is always complicated, can't be solved overnight.
many Countries have these same problems, maybe some are more covert with it, but the human being is and will be prone to this when greed dominates their focus and becomes within their aims...