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Beijing steps up crackdown on officials whose relatives have moved abroad

Published on Jul 15, 2014 7:59 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing is ramping up its efforts to identify "naked officials" - those whose relatives have moved abroad - reports said on Tuesday, as part of a high-publicised anti-graft crackdown.

At least 10 Chinese provinces have launched investigations to track down so-called "naked officials", the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper reported.

They include south China's Guangdong province and neighbouring Fujian province, both regions with a long history of migration.

The term "naked official" refers to a government employee whose immediate family members have acquired citizenship or permanent residency overseas, potentially allowing them to spirit ill-gained wealth out of the country.

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