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China nets 35 most wanted officials from overseas

(Global Times)    08:56, October 31, 2016

Some of the 100 most-wanted corrupt Chinese officials who have fled overseas. [Photo: english.gov.cn]

China's anti-graft campaign has netted 35 people suspected of being part of its 100 most wanted by September, most of whom were deported, highlighting China's efforts to work together with the international community against corruption.

China's anti-graft watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), reported Sunday that half of the 35 people fled to Western countries including the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. China does not have an extradition treaty with those countries.

Among them, 7 were detained in Asian countries, including Cambodia, Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia, 6 in Africa and 3 in China. They are suspected to be involved in embezzlement, bribery and fraud, and half have been accused of corruption, the CCDI said.

For instance, Fu Yaobo, an official from the labor and social security apartment of Benxi, Northeast China's Liaoning Province, allegedly embezzled public funds with the help of Zhang Qingzhao, a cashier. The Caribbean island state of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines deported them.

The CCDI said as of September, 2,210 people, including 363 Chinese civil servants, have been deported from more than 70 countries and regions, with 79.94 billion yuan ($118.5 billion) in assets recovered.

The Chinese government released its most wanted list in 2015 as a part of its Sky Net campaign against graft. The same year, Interpol's National Central Bureau in China also released a list of 100 people wanted worldwide for their alleged involvement in corruption. Chinese police arrested the country's first economic fugitive on April 25, 2015, four days after the top graft-buster released the list.

Liu Jianchao, director of the CCDI's international cooperation bureau, stressed the importance of global efforts against graft in the latest episode of an anti-graft documentary aired last week.

China will take more practical actions to deepen bilateral cooperation, such as holding conferences with Canada on hunting fugitives, signing memoranda of cooperation with Australia, Cai Wei, deputy director of the bureau, said in March. 

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