March 26, 2015

Operation Fox Hunt

Reuters China has provided a "priority" list to the United States of Chinese officials who are suspected of corruption and are believed to have fled to the U.S., a top state-run newspaper said on Wednesday. Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Additional reporting by Sui-Lee Wee in Beijing and David Brunnstrom in Washington; Editing by Michael Perry and Leslie Adler

'Last year, Chinese officials said more than 150 "economic fugitives", many of them described as corrupt government officials, were in the United States.

'Xu Jinhui, head of the anti-graft bureau at the state prosecutor, told the official China Daily that "a priority list of alleged Chinese corrupt officials" believed to be at large in the United States had been provided to U.S. authorities.

'A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department declined to give details of a priority list, but said China had agreed to supply "more evidence regarding their priority fugitive cases, so that we can increase our focus on the location and prosecution or removal of these fugitives".

'"We continue to encourage China to provide strong evidence and intelligence to ensure that our law enforcement agencies can properly investigate and prosecute cases related to the alleged corruption," the spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said.'

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