MFA: Relevant persons recently arrested by US are not Chinese law enforcement officers

On October 30, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin presided over a regular press conference. You answered a question from a surging news reporter yesterday about the arrests of those involved in Operation Fox Hunt in the United States as illegal agents of China by the U.S. Department of Justice. Could the spokesperson provide more information?

Wang Wenbin said that I had already stated China’s position on the issue in question yesterday, and here I would like to share with you a few more facts.

It is the consensus of the international community that cooperation in combating transnational crime, including corruption, and denial of safe havens for criminal suspects and illegal funds is a just cause of safeguarding and promoting the rule of law, and that international cooperation in the pursuit of fugitives and stolen goods is a just cause. In recent years, we have cooperated with more than 120 countries and regions in recovering fugitive suspects. In this cooperation, we strictly abide by international law and international judicial and law enforcement practices, fully respect the judicial sovereignty of other countries, and cooperate to protect the legitimate rights and interests of criminal suspects in accordance with the law, which has gained wide support and full recognition. As far as I know, the relevant persons recently arrested by the U.S. side are not Chinese law enforcement officers, and their related allegations are purely disinformation and slander.

Wang Wenbin stressed that the U.S. is the country with the highest concentration of Chinese corruption and economic crime suspects at large, but in recent years the U.S. has been negatively treating China’s requests for cooperation in pursuit of fugitives, and individual U.S. law enforcement agencies have brazenly supported and provided asylum to Chinese fugitive suspects and repeatedly obstructed the voluntary return of fugitives to China. The actions of the United States side are completely at odds with justice and the rule of law, in violation of the spirit of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, and in contradiction to the public commitments made by the United States side in international forums. We demand that the United States side stop making groundless accusations and smearing China’s efforts to track down and recover stolen goods, earnestly fulfil its international obligations and commitments, and refrain from embezzling black money from suspects and becoming a haven for suspects and illegal assets.