David Firestein says the United States is taking seriously China's commitment to anti-corruption and the progress is encouraging. Firestein—who oversees EWI's China, East Asia and U.S. Program—makes the observation in an interview with China Daily.
In an article published on March 11, 2016, Firestein said the Chinese commitment was perhaps expressed clearly by President Xi Jinping during his state visit to Washington last September.
"The seriousness with which China seems to be taking this whole process had made an impression on the U.S. policymakers," said Firestein, as quoted in the article. Firestein was talking about the process of providing more substantial evidence to American authorities when dealing with extradition of corruption fugitives.
Firestein, who speaks near native-level Chinese, concluded that such commitment would help U.S. officials make decisions that were well-informed and would likely lead to more repatriations of convicted or alleged criminals.
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