Corrupt Chinese government officials can run, but hiding is going to become a bit trickier. Australia and China, though currently without extradition treaties, are working together to send corrupt Chinese officials back to their homeland for, at the very least, a stern talking to. But more likely for life in prison.
Earlier this week, the “Sydney Morning Herald” reported that Australian police had agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials. Think beach-side mansions, luxury yachts, and enough diamonds to fill hundreds of smugglers’ boxers. Together, the two nations created a list of seven alleged fugitives who escaped to Australia, but the full list has not yet been made public.
Nepotism. Embezzlement. Bribery. Fraud. If it’s shady, these dudes did it, likely from the privacy and splendor of their gaudy villas in the company of their way younger mistresses.
Chinese business magazine “Cajing” lists Lan Pu, former deputy mayor of Xiamen in Fujian Province, Tong Yanbai, former executive of the state-owned highway development company in Henan Province, and Gao Yan, former head of China’s State Electric Power Corp, as three of the wanted men. Collectively, the seven officials are accused of getting out of dodge with about 1 billion US dollars.
According to Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, China welcomed Australia’s help in their push to crack down on corruption. China recently signed treaties related to judicial assistance with 63 countries, including Australia, Hua said, and she hoped more countries would follow Australia’s suit. In the statement, the spokeswoman said that Chinese police forces have seized 128 fugitives since July 22 in an international crackdown called “Operation Fox Hunt” (props to whoever is in charge of operation naming, that title is so badass), which was launched to return corrupt officials back to China.
Good show, Chinese central government. Good show.
By Briel Waxman
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