SCMP reports: “A top Communist Party official in Dandong, Liaoning, fled the mainland four months ago to escape investigation, a local party official confirmed yesterday amid rumours he is now in the United States with 200 million yuan ($31.4 million) in ill-gotten gains.
“Wang Guoqiang, the former party head of Fengcheng, a county-level city in Dandong, had left the country in April without authorisation, the state-run people.com.cn news portal reported yesterday, quoting an official from Dandong’s party organisation department.”
“A report released last year by the People’s Bank of China’s anti-money-laundering monitoring and analysis centre said that as many as 18,000 corrupt mainland officials may have fled abroad with as much as 800 billion yuan ($125.6 billion) in less than two decades.
“Professor Cai Lihui, a political analyst at Guangzhou’s SunYat-sen University, said Wang’s case showed the authorities’ measures against official corruption were ineffective.
“‘The cadres know very well how to escape and transfer money,’ Cai said.”