World China urges U.S. not to be haven for criminals and their assets

13:20  30 october  2020
13:20  30 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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China urges the United States to immediately correct its mistakes and earnestly fulfill its obligations under the United Nations (UN) Convention against Transnational Organized Crime , the UN Convention against Corruption and other "Don't let the United States become a haven for criminals ," he said.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Friday the United States should not become a haven for Chinese criminals' ill-gotten wealth and it denied that five people arrested in the United States for conspiring to coerce a Chinese family to go home were its law enforcement officers.

U.S. authorities charged eight people this week with conspiring to act as illegal agents for a foreign government and alleged they were working on China's behalf in a plot involving threatening letters and the use of night-vision goggles to surveil and coerce a Chinese family to return to home to face charges.

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Five of the people charged in the United States, including an American private investigator, were arrested on Wednesday in New Jersey, New York and California, while the rest are believed to be in China, U.S. Justice officials said.

China's foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a briefing the United States should stop the "baseless accusation and smears about Chinese efforts to pursue escaped criminals and recover stolen monies".

"We urge the United States ... to shoulder its international obligations and promise, stop coveting after the ill-gotten gains of criminals, and don't be a safe haven for criminals and their illegal assets," he said.

He said the people arrested in the United States were not Chinese law enforcement officers, dismissig the charges against them as "rumours and smears".

China’s launched a multi-agency campaign known as "Sky Net" in 2014 to get fugitives abroad to return to face charges.

The United States does not have an extradition treaty with China. It requires anyone who acting on a foreign country's behalf to register and notify the Attorney General's office.

(Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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