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‘Most-wanted’ Chinese fugitive Huang Hong returns from US

China has launched Operation Fox Hunt, an overseas search for corrupt officials and business executives who fled abroad with their assets.

world Updated: Jul 31, 2017 16:26 IST
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The Chinese flag being raised during the opening ceremony of the International Army Games 2017 in Guangshui in China's central Hubei province. (AFP)

One of China’s “most-wanted” overseas fugitives turned herself in on Monday after spending 19 years in the United States, the anti-corruption agency said.

Huang Hong, 50, was a Beijing-based accountant for a state-owned firm from the neighbouring province of Hebei accused of misappropriating public funds. She fled to the US in 1998, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said.

It was not immediately possible to reach Huang, her family, or a legal representative for comment.

As part of President Xi Jinping’s vigorous anti-corruption campaign, China has pursued an overseas search dubbed Operation Fox Hunt for corrupt officials and business executives who have fled abroad with their assets.

In April 2015, Chinese authorities published a list of 100 “most-wanted” suspects they believed to be hiding overseas.

Huang is the 43rd on the list to have returned to China since the operation was launched, the commission said in a statement on its website.

The suspect topping that list, Yang Xiuzhu, confessed to corruption charges in court on Friday, state media reported, having returned to China from the US after 13 years as a fugitive.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 16:26 IST