Xi ally’s U.S. travel plans trigger talk of hidden agenda: Report

(From Nikkei Shimbun)

By Gaku Shimada

Speculation is rife over a high-ranking Chinese official’s plans to visit the U.S., possibly this summer.

Wang Qishan is one of the seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee, the Chinese Communist Party’s top decision-making body. He concurrently leads the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party’s corruption watchdog. He is a close associate of President Xi Jinping, who doubles as the Communist Party’s general secretary.

Many observers are wondering: Why is an official whose portfolio deals with domestic matters making a high-profile trip abroad?

Fox hunting

At Wang’s behest, China’s Ministry of Public Security on April 22 published the names and mugshots of 100 high-level bureaucrats who are accused of corruption and have fled abroad. It placed the information on its website. After corralling on-the-take officials at home, the Xi government has now set its sights on international fugitives implicated in economic crimes and corruption. The initiative has been branded “Fox Hunt 2015.” Read more

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