According to a news report in the Chinese-language Overseas Chinese Daily Qiaobao datelined Los Angeles May 1, 2017, Chinese anti corruption “fox hunting” squad has used the services of at least one US detective starting several years ago to track down corrupt officials. The detective they hired commented in an anonymous interview that the Chinese corruption fighter seem to be corrupt themselves. They only work two days a week and often go to Las Vegas to gamble. One of the corrupt official chasers even asked him how to best smuggle money out of China to the USA.
An anonymous LA private eye of Chinese ancestry told the reporter that a Chinese anti-corruption has used his services to track down escaped corrupt Chinese officials now living in Southern California. The US private eye concluded that the thieves trying to catch thieves games these anti-corruption officials are playing is ridiculous. Thinking about this and the Guo Wengui revelations, he quoted the words of the Chinese national anthem “The Chinese nation is now at its most dangerous moment..” （中华民族到了最危险的时候…)
Naturally, the Chinese corruption chasers could also be chasing down political dissidents. The Party doesn’t like them either.
An anonymous interview with no other sources so interesting but to be taken with some reserve. Seems plausible given the Chinese Communist Party’s renewed determination under President Xi to crack down on corrupt officials. China certainly needs that. Corrupt officials in the US might be persuaded to return home by traditional methods including applying severe pressure or sanctions on family members or colleagues. To do that, they need to find them first.
This article makes me wonder, just how much ‘extraordinary rendition’ is going on by Chinese government operatives in the US to get suspected corrupt officials back to China? Applying pressure and harassing phone calls to get them to come back ‘voluntariily’ seems a more likely tactic.
Reminds me of the anti-corruption TV series In the Name of the People
now popular in China. Some episodes are available on YouTube with English subtitles) In the Name of the People https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXkgp7gYqCc
In the TV series honest officials from the Party center are chasing corrupt local officials. The center is good, the local ones bad. Like the old Soviet saying “If Only Stalin Knew” Chinese style.
The LA story suggests that it could well be corrupt officials chasing other corrupt officials. Sometimes things don’t work out as well in real life as they do on TV.