Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on June 7, 2018
Q: Yesterday, we saw on the website of the Foreign Ministry a list of corruption fugitives and their relevant information released by China's Central Anti-Corruption Coordination Group. Could you offer more information as to what the Foreign Ministry and China's diplomatic missions overseas are doing in fighting corruption, catching international fugitives and recovering illicit gains?
A: Tracking down corrupt officials who fled overseas and their illicit gains is an important link in the fight against corruption and a vital part of our diplomatic work. The Foreign Ministry and our diplomatic missions overseas attach high importance to this work and have been actively cooperating and coordinating with competent departments on this front.
Up to now, China has signed bilateral judicial assistance treaties on criminal matters with 61 countries and extradition treaties with 50 countries. We have basically put in place a legal guarantee network covering major countries of all continents to bring back fugitives and their illicit assets. Within the framework of the UN and other mechanisms, we have been participating in formulating international anti-corruption rules, consolidated international consensus on fighting corruption and strengthened all countries' willingness to cooperate on this front. Meanwhile, following the lead of the China-US Joint Liaison Group on Law Enforcement Cooperation (JLG) and China-Canada Consultations on Judicial and Law-enforcement Cooperation, China has established and is also working on long-term communication and cooperation mechanisms with relevant countries so as to facilitate practical cooperation on individual cases. 52 of all the 100 fugitives listed on the Interpol red notice have been arrested.
The Foreign Ministry and our diplomatic missions overseas will continue to promote international anti-corruption cooperation, weave a closely-knit "Sky Net", and make our contributions to China's anti-corruption work and social fairness and justice.