China’s New Tool to Chase Down Fugitives: American Courts

China’s New Tool to Chase Down Fugitives: American Courts

  • Beijing is turning to lawsuits to pressure expatriates to return home and face corruption charges; ‘an end-run around U.S. law’

After Peng Xufeng, head of a Chinese state-owned infrastructure and transportation company, left China around the time a corruption probe against him began, investigators there used well-tested tactics to try forcing him to return.

Security agents detained his brother, sister, two cousins and in-laws, according to court documents Mr. Peng filed. They placed his parents under surveillance and threatened to put his toddler son—left in the grandparents’ care—up for adoption, the filings say. A Chinese government official traveled…