In response to the New York Times report on August 16 that the Obama administration ordered the Chinese law enforcement personnel who are in the country for the "Fox Hunt" operation to return home immediately, Xinhua News Agency published an op-ed questioning whether the U.S. is siding with the corrupt officials that Beijing is seeking.
Xinhua cited the 1997 China-US Joint Statement which led to the establishment of a joint liaison group for law enforcement cooperation, composed of representatives of the relevant agencies from both governments. Under this mechanism, a former Bank of China manager, Yu Zhendong, involved in embezzling and money laundering nearly US$500 million was extradited from the U.S. back to China in 2004.
Xinhua‘s op-ed added that in April 2015, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met Chinese Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun in Beijing and they agreed to strengthen cooperation on law enforcement.
Xinhua‘s op-ed concluded, "While we do not expect the U.S.to go out of its way to help, we will not agree to any man-made barriers set up to impede anti-corruption cooperation.
Source: xinhuanet.com, August 17, 2015