U.S. a Haven for Chinese 'Economic Fugitives,' China Says

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More than 150 economic fugitives, many of whom are corrupt officials or suspected of graft in China, remain at large in the United States, state media said on Monday, citing a senior official from the ministry of public security. In a bid to hunt for more Chinese fugitives, China's Ministry of Public Security is trying to set up an annual high-level meeting with U.S. judicial authorities, including the Department of Homeland Security, the China Daily newspaper said, citing Wang Gang, a senior official from the public security ministry's International Cooperation Bureau. 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. China has long grappled with the problem of so-called "naked officials", the term for government workers whose husbands, wives or children are all overseas, have used their foreign family connections to illegally move assets or avoid probes.

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