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As many as 10,000 corrupt government officials have fled China with $100 billion.
The problem is compounded by the fact that China has signed extradition treaties with only 31 countries. They do not include the US, Canada, or Australia – three popular destinations for Chinese officials on the lam. Only four western European nations have such agreements with Beijing.
Those who escape China with money tend to seek refuge in North America or Europe, say corruption experts here.