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US, China to discuss repatriation of Chinese fugitives

They'll also share specific info on suspected corrupt officials and stolen assets

Published Wed, Feb 11, 2015 · 09:50 PM

Los Angeles

SENIOR US officials will meet their Chinese counterparts in August to discuss the possibility of repatriating Chinese officials who have fled to America with billions of dollars of allegedly stolen government assets, a US official said.

The issue is a thorny one, as no extradition treaty exists between the United States and China.

That has made America, and other countries such as Australia and Canada, attractive destinations for Chinese officials fleeing the country and a haven for stolen assets.

Western governments have long been reluctant to hand over suspects because of a lack of transparency and due process in China's judicial system. Int…

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