By 2011, China had at least 4,000 corrupt officials escaping China, according to a report by the China Academy of Social Sciences, China's top official research institute. They took over $50 billion with them, close to $16 million each on average, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Party's anticorruption watchdog.
The rampant growth of the phenomenon probably lies behind the current crackdown. The 2014 "Rule of Law Blue Book," released recently by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said that strengthening control over naked officials is a lynchpin for anti-corruption efforts.
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