The United States has been so kind as to repatriate one of China’s most notoriously wanted criminal suspects in what was termed a “close cooperation” between Chinese and American law enforcement and judicial authorities by the Communist Party of China’s Central Commission of Disclipline Inspection (CCDI) on Friday.
Yang Jinjun is accused of bribery and embezzlement. He’s been at large for 14 years after fleeing to the US in 2001, according to People’s Daily.
He becomes the first fugitive to be brought back to China using the Bond movie sounding Sky Net initiative, which was developed to bring corrupt Chinese officials and businessmen to justice after they had fled overseas.
To aid in this effort, Beijing released a list of its top 100 most wanted economic fugitives in April. Yang becomes the first to be repatriated back from the US. So far, 12 of the suspects have been brought back to China.
China does not have an extradition treaty with the US and BBC’s Celia Hatton said that in the past more information has been required by the U.S. government before they went through the trouble of tracking down Chinese fugitives.
This comes just days before Chinese President Xi Jinping’s planned official visit to the U.S. and just a day after a planned China-U.S. collaboration on a high-speed railway from Los Angeles to Las Vegas was announced. We can’t wait to see what sort of miraculous example of collaboration tomorrow will bring.