When given the chance, officials of the People’s Republic of China continue to rush for the exits. During an eight-day period from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7 when two holidays were celebrated, over 1,100 public servants who traveled abroad did not return, according to a statement issued on Oct. 15 by the Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the Central Organization Department.
The celebrations of National Day—the anniversary of the founding of the PRC—and the Moon Festival—the traditional holiday during which Chinese families reunite—were the occasions for officials fleeing.
According to the announcement, 714 of the nonreturning apparatchiks have been officially listed as “missing.” Missing is another word for defected and means these officials either did not return after their holiday breaks or could not be reached.
These holidays were right before the 18th National Party Congress. The PRC is estimated to have over 1 million “naked officials”—individuals who park their bank accounts and families overseas in expectation of eventually joining them. In order to create the illusion of a “harmonious and stable” country, Chinese authorities had adopted strict measures to prevent officials from defecting.
According to Hong Kong-based Chengming Magazine, on Sept. 22 China’s State Council established a temporary Command Group Against Public Servants Fleeing with then-Vice Premier Li Keqiang (Li has since been named premier) as the chief official in command.
The group drafted four orders to be carried out by all organizations: 1) Have good control over every staff member’s situation and plans; 2) check regulations and disciplinary measures for the latest updates and to close all loopholes; 3) review and proofread the identifications of persons in custody to prevent counterfeit identification documents and multiple copies; 4) be aware of those persons who are, or will be, under investigation or are on the internal list, and restrict their activities if necessary.
The command group increased personnel to guard key seaports, airports, and borders. It also dispatched over 8,000 special police to these places before Sept. 28. At the same time, over 350 of the latest instruments for the detection of counterfeit passports were installed in these airports and seaports.
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