China presents US with list of alleged fugitives

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Posted: Dec 05, 2014 5:36 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China has provided the U.S. with a list of alleged fugitives amid a campaign to track down corrupt officials and others who have fled abroad, the State Department's representative to recent law enforcement talks said Friday.

William Brownfield, the assistant secretary for international narcotics and law Enforcement affairs, said the sides identified a "finite number of individuals and agreed to develop a strategy to address each of those."

China and the U.S. have no extradition agreement, although wanted persons can also be dealt with through prosecution in the country to which they fled or expulsion for immigration violations. Their assets can also be seized if determined to have been illegally acquired.

An American official speaking on condition of anonymity said China provided more than 100 names, but offered little information about their identities or possible whereabouts in the U.S.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has extended an ongoing crackdown on corruption to those officials who have spirited billions of dollars in stolen state assets and other ill-gotten gains abroad.