180 Graft Suspects Captured in Overseas Manhunt
State run news agency Xinhua announced last month that China’s ongoing anti-corruption campaign would be crossing borders. Reuters reports on a recent Xinhua announcement that 180 suspects have so far been netted in the overseas search, noting that challenges still lay ahead in this global crackdown. Sui-Lee Wee and Ben Blanchard report at Reuters:
The campaign, dubbed Operation Fox Hunt, included the arrests of 104 suspects, Xinhua said late on Thursday, citing China’s Ministry of Public Security. Seventy-six people returned to China to give themselves up, according to Xinhua.
[…] President Xi Jinping has launched a sweeping campaign against graft since assuming power two years ago, but has been hampered to an extent by difficulty in getting corrupt officials and assets back from overseas.
[…] China does not have extradition treaties with the United States, Canada and Australia – the three most popular destinations for suspected economic criminals. In mid-October, Australian media reported that Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials. [Source]
Read more about the anti-corruption campaign on China Digital Times.