‘Trace the Money, Seize the Fugitives’ : China’s Other Anticorruption Battle

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993–1011
Journal / PublicationJournal of Contemporary China
Volume31
Issue number138
Online published24 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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Corrupt officials fleeing abroad with ill-gotten proceeds constitute a special challenge for the Chinese government. International cooperation to seize these fugitives often encounters roadblocks due to countries’ legal-political differences. By observing China’s burgeoning extraterritorial anti-corruption regime, this article proposes that an anti-money laundering (AML) mindset is being embraced to ‘seize the fugitives’ by ‘tracing the money’. This approach has three advantages: 1) de-complication by standardizing states’ practices and bypassing complexities inherent in orthodox means, 2) de-politicization by circumventing sensitive political concerns through pursuing fugitives and corrupt proceeds separately, and 3) leveling the playing field by rebalancing power between requested and requesting states. In-depth case studies combined with elite interviews reveal that this AML-oriented tactic has facilitated China’s capture of fugitives on foreign soils.

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‘Trace the Money, Seize the Fugitives’: China’s Other Anticorruption Battle. / Zhu, Jiangnan; Wen, Bo.
In: Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 31, No. 138, 2022, p. 993–1011.

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