記者/陳漢 編輯/張天宇 後製/肖顏
Spending Millions on “Fox Hunt", Only Few Corrupted Officials Arrested
Since the downfall of China’s “big military tiger" Xu Caihou, the outside world awaits the next “tiger" to be hunted down. However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) suddenly converted its direction into hunting the “fox", which is tracking down those corrupted officials who escaped abroad. At the same time, all major official media are giving high-profile reports at full capacity. So what are the outcomes of this “fox hunt"? Here is the report.
On Jul. 22, the CCP Ministry of Public Security announced the launch of “Operation Fox Hunt 2014″, aimed at tracking down the runaway economic fugitives. Afterwards, the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and two other departments have jointly issued a circular that people who turn themselves in before 1 Dec., will have a mitigated punishment. However, up until the end of the ultimatum, very few corrupted officials have turned themselves in.
The website of Ministry of Public Security reported on Dec. 4that, up to now, the “fox hunt" operation has 428 runaway economic fugitives from sixty countries and regions, of which 231 fugitives had given themselves up.This accounts for 54% of the total number being arrested.
In this regard, the CCP official media and major portals gave high-profile reports, praising the “fox hunt" as “fruitful". But on the contrary the civil response is indifferent, many websites had less than one hundred people commenting.
Current affairs commentator, chief editor of “China Affairs", Wu Fan: “Why did they launch this ‘fox hunt’ operation? To make the ‘anti-corruption’ even better? Or give it a ‘make-over’? General speaking, this ‘anti-corruption’ is going down, there is no new content. Although news and exclusive news were released everyday to expand those little stories, but people are tired of reading them."
So what are the outcomes of this “fox hunt" operation launched by the Ministry of Public Security? From the official announcements, more than 400 people have been arrested, that number may look great, but in fact it is a pitiful amount compared to the total number of runaway mainland officials.
What is the total number of China’s runaway corrupted officials? There are no exact official data. However, it is widespread that the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ (CASS) research report in 2011 has shown, since the nineties, all kinds of corrupted officials who fled abroad totaled at least 18,000.They took more than 800 billion yuan ($US 130 billion) out of the country.
However, some analysis points out that the number of runaway corrupted officials has been rising in recent years, as well as their official level and means, the actual number should be much higher than the CASS research data.
Even using the figure of 18,000, the Ministry of Public Security took four months, spend a lot of money, material and manpower, to only arrest more than 400 people, this only accounts for 2%.Of which more than half were being aired as police using kinship to persuade them to turn themselves in. The “Fox hunt" operation’s outcomes are self-evident.
In addition, there are reports that, several CCP’s “most wanted targets" were not among the arrested runaway corrupted officials. For example, Ji Gaoyan, former Party secretary of the CCP National Power Corporation, and former secretary of Yunnan Provincial Party Committee, and Jia Xiaoxia, Zhou Yongkang’swife’s younger sister who corrupted billions of dollars. In this regard, Hong Kong media pointed out, the “tiger hunt" and “fox hunt" are all selective.
China affairs commentator, Li Shanjian: “Those people have a network of relationships in China, superiors and subordinates, some friends, people they have contacted…may have participated in the operation. So it (CCP) cannot make those corrupted officials catch themselves, but it needs to look like it is doing it.It has to constantly arrest some big and small officials, the arrests of small officials is used to create momentum, and win over the people. The current so-called ‘fox hunt’ operation just reflects this."
Some netizens realized, all CCP media only highlighted the number of “foxes" arrested in their reports, and did not mention any thing about the recovery of funds.
In an interview with Radio Free Asia, a web author disclosed that the CCP would willing give the country harbouring the official at most 80% of illicit money as long as it can arrest the corrupt official and build its reputation. The reports also stated, the CCP would spend a minimum of200,000 yuan ($US 33,000) to arrest one overseas fugitive. By this calculation, this “fox hunt" operation has directly arrested 197 people, cost about39.4 million yuan ($US 6.4 million).
Report/ChenHan Edit/Zhang Tianyu Post-production/XiaoYan