SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- China has arrested nearly 300 fugitives suspected of economic crimes as part of Beijing’s anti-corruption operation targeting individuals who have fled the country, a media report says.
The campaign, dubbed Operation Fox Hunt, included the arrest of 288 suspects, of whom 126 surrendered, said the official Xinhua news agency on Monday, citing China’s Ministry of Public Security.
Liu Jinguo, the Chinese vice minister of public security, said the operation included activities in 56 countries, including the United States, Canada, Spain, South Korea, and South Africa.
China lacks an extradition treaty with the United States, Canada and Australia, the most likely destinations for the suspected economic criminals.
The incident follows a similar announcement in late October, when Beijing said it had captured 180 fugitives abroad.
Beijing has given overseas graft suspects until December 1 to surrender, the Monday report said. Those who turn themselves in sooner may receive a lesser punishment if found guilty.
Chinese President Xi Jinping kicked off an anti-corruption campaign two years ago. Since then, several high-profile lawmakers have been charged with corruption and expelled from the ruling Communist Party.
China investigated more than 25,000 people for corruption in the first half of 2014.
The vow to punish graft came only days after the Communist Party began an investigation into former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, by far the highest-profile figure caught up in Xi’s corruption crackdown.
President Xi has pledged to root out every corrupt official as widespread graft threatens the survival of the Communist Party.
In October, China’s head of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Wang Qishan said the fight against deeply-ingrained corruption will never end.