BEIJING: China has issued a list of its top 100 officials and others wanted on suspicion of corruption who are believed to have fled abroad, the latest step in President Xi Jinping’s aggressive campaign to rein in graft.

Photos of the suspects were splashed across two pages of the official China Daily newspaper on Thursday, along with their suspected crimes and personal information such as ages, hometowns and languages they speak.

Bribery, embezzlement and fraud appeared to be the most common charges.

In a statement on its website, the ruling Communist Party’s corruption watchdog agency said Interpol has issued arrest notices for all 100. The body, known as the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said the majority of fugitives were believed to have fled to the US and Canada.

China’s methods for chasing down corrupt officials are growing in both intensity and creativity, the commission said.

“We will strengthen cooperation with the law enforcement agencies of relevant countries, fully avail ourselves of all available resources and turn corrupt elements into objects of hatred to be snatched back and made to face justice,” the commission said.

Published in Dawn, April 24th, 2015

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