The Chinese mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will
strengthen cooperation in anti-corruption work, the head of Hong Kong's top
anti-corruption watchdog said on Friday.
Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, newly appointed commissioner of the Independent
Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) of Hong Kong, wrapped up her four-day visit
in Beijing yesterday during which she met senior officials of the mainland's
anti-corruption authorities and other government bodies.
Law told a press conference that she had called on the Supreme People's
Procuratorate and the Ministry of Supervision to exchange anti-corruption
knowledge and experience and discuss cooperation for 2007.
"With growing social and economic ties and the frequent flow of people and
capital between Hong Kong and the mainland, we reached agreements that both
sides should strengthen cooperation in investigations and experience," Law said.
Her visit coincided with the plenary meeting of the Central Commission for
Discipline Inspection, the country's top anti-corruption body.
"We see the central government's firm determination to rule out corruption
and it was indeed a fruitful year for the mainland in the work of
anti-corruption," Law said.
She hoped the two sides would increase exchanges and visits in the future
with ICAC members paying more visits to provinces on the mainland.
Besides general routine communications, Law said a symposium on special
subjects between the two sides would be held in the future.
Law also said the her commission hoped to come up with a new guide for
businessmen from Hong Kong on mainland business operations and anti-corruption
laws with the help of mainland anti-corruption authorities.
Law also hoped the two sides would reach a consensus on extradition soon.
She said different laws and judicial systems of the two sides and the
existence of the death penalty on the mainland are issues that need to be
"But I think everything can be solved through negotiation," Law said.
A case in point is that of Zhou Zhengyi, also known as Chau Ching-ngai, who
is now in jail in Shanghai for manipulating stock prices and falsifying
registered capital of subsidiaries. Zhou is also on the ICAC's list of
most-wanted for economic crimes committed in Hong Kong.
"Without an extradition agreement, we can't indict him unless he is brought
to Hong Kong," Law said.
She also said it was a "pity" that a Chinese mainland student was sentenced
six months imprisonment after trying to bribe her teacher in Hong Kong but
defended the verdict.
"Hong Kong holds 'zero tolerance' for corruption," she said.
To avoid the same thing from recurring, Law said the ICAC would contact all
the universities in the special administrative regionto lecture students from
the mainland on anti-corruption policies as new semesters open in June.
(China Daily 01/13/2007 page2)