China says 88 fugitives returned from abroad; wanted for fraud and other economic crimes

China's police ministry says 88 fugitives wanted for graft, fraud and other economic offenses have been extradited or returned on their own from the United States, Canada and other countries.

The ministry said Sunday that one fugitive had spent 14 years in Canada and was accused of embezzling 60 million yuan ($10 million). A ministry statement said another was arrested in Thailand and others "were persuaded" to return from the United States, Belgium and other countries.

The government of President Xi Jinping is in the midst of the latest in a series of crackdowns dating back two decades against chronic and pervasive official corruption.

In July, authorities launched a campaign dubbed Fox Hunt 2014 to track down official corruption suspects who have fled abroad.