Discard political bias and ideological differences to sign extradition
treaties with China and help bring criminals to justice, Western nations have
"We are trying hard to negotiate with developed countries to conclude
bilateral extradition treaties," Duan Jielong, director general of the
Department of Treaty and Law of Ministry for Foreign Affairs, told China Daily.
He admitted that some countries - which have abolished the death penalty and
do not allow extradition to nations where it is applied, are hesitant about
signing pacts with China, where the penalty has been a longstanding integral
part of the criminal justice system.
"But cooperation has significantly improved since China concluded the
extradition treaty with Spain," Duan said.
In March, France became the third developed country after Spain and Portugal
to sign an extradition treaty. Under the agreement, no extradited person will be
China started to sign such treaties in the 1990s, and has reached pacts with
Zhang Yong, director of the Law Research Institute of Nankai University, said
it was a "great compromise" for the country to promise that the death penalty
will not be applied to repatriated suspects - mostly those who have fled after
embezzling or misusing public money.
"China is one of the strongest supporters of the United Nations
Anti-Corruption Convention," Zhang told China Daily. "Such a judicial concession
is a practical step to actively shoulder its obligation to stamping down
Besides, the country has also played an active part in anti-terrorism
extradition treaties and fulfilled its treaty obligations.
Though some countries do not have an extradition treaty with China, a few
criminal suspects have been sent home.
This includes the transfer earlier this month of Yuan Tongshun, the former
general manager of a State-owned enterprise in Liaoning.
Yuan is accused of embezzling a large amount of public money from September
2003 to March 2004. It was the first time Japan has handed over a Chinese
national suspected of corruption.
Sources at the Ministry of Public Security said around 800 suspects of the
country wanted for economic crimes are at large abroad.
(China Daily 05/28/2007 page1)