Suspect in Overseas Chinese Student’s Death Disappears

Suspect in Overseas Chinese Student's Death Disappears

Chinese netizens are volunteering to human flesh search a young Chinese man named Li Xiangnan, who is considered a person of interest by American police in the overseas death of Chinese international student Shao Tong last September. As the victim’s boyfriend, Li fled back to China after her death and then disappeared. Up to now, the case remains unsolved because the United States and China have not signed an extradition treaty. As some Chinese netizens question why Chinese law isn’t pursuing a Chinese suspect in the death of another Chinese citizen, other Chinese netizens slyly allude to the infamous Li Tianyi and his father.

Source: Netease

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  • Mighty曹

    Go Penny, go Penny, ja yio ja yio!

    • ClausRasmussen

      I don’t think it’s fair to go for Penny/Amanda while she’s just doing her job (Alex specifically say that these short stories are intentional). Go for the new ChinaSMACK policy or criticize the lack of information we get

      • Mighty曹

        Relax my friend. It’s a jovial welcome to Penny/Amanda. If you noticed, I’ve merely been poking fun at her with humor and nothing malicious.

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        • ClausRasmussen

          It wasn’t as much your comment in particular I reacted to, but a lot of similar worded personal abuse in this and most of the other short-story threads

          Remember the “Chinese Humor” postings some years (?) ago ? The girl that did them left because of all the flaming that went on. I don’t want to see yet another contributor leave because there are better things to do with your life than being the target of an shitstorm

          I agree with you that the new policy is bad, I just don’t like when the criticism becomes personal

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  • commander

    If the Chineses government makes a request for man hunting cooperation to the United States, it will be well received by law enforcement officials in the United States, though the two countries have no a extradition accord.

    Because the United States will also need law enforcement cooperation with China someday if a prime suspect or fugitive flee to China and hole up there.

    This reciprocation is well established, though it could be a different story if it is a case involving some high profile figures.

    So what mattes is whether this case is significant enough for China to resort to make a cooperative request to the US and whether the Chinese municipal government is willing to push for its investigation.

    • mr.wiener

      Quid pro quo is often a scary idea for 2 powers warily eyeing each other.

      • commander

        I think what is scarier is that two strategically cautious giants do nothing in the other’s favor at all costs, though cooperation is beneficial for both.

        Quid pro quo can turn into a virtuous circle of increasingly deeper, broader cooperation, unless suspicion make it a vicious circle of reprisal.

    • ClausRasmussen

      I believe they already do some cooperation. There have been cases where Chinese citizens sought for by the Chinese authorities have been extradited from the US. I don’t believe the US agree to a formal request from China, but if they’re convinced that the person in question is indeed a scumbag, they’ll scrutinize that persons visa or see if there is any other violation

      Extraditing US citizens to China is quite another case

  • crimsonarmor

    I believe the Chinese have a non-extradition policy for their people, criminal or not. So that will never happen and to find this guy in China? like a needle in a haystack. If he is rich enough he might have undergone plastic surgery, had fake passport and i.d made up and is living a different life.

  • guest

    I heard Chinese say the West is unsafe because Chinese people get murdered here – but 99% of the time the killer is also Chinese, and might require translator in court…

    – Mindong Chen kills his cousin’s family in jealousy over their better life in America

    – Anxiang Du, 54, killed Jifeng Ding, Ge Chui and their two daughters in Northampton, Britain after a Chinese medicine deal gone bad

    – Chi Kuan is sentenced to seven years after slicing into his female co-worker Guang Xi Lu with a restaurant knife in the Toronto, Canada….said he forgot he had knife in hand when he stabbed her in the neck

    – Chun Qi Jiang found guilty of dismembering Guang Hua Liu
    Jury finds Toronto-area man guilty of 2nd-degree murder

    – Hong Kong 1999 Kowloon Peak kidnapping and murder of a 13-year-old boy by his uncle – the uncle and the victim’s father were both from China.
    Kidnapped boy bludgeoned to death, court told
    — “Ms Lai said Cheung would testify he heard Ho-him say: ‘I am suffering great pain. Let me have a break, uncle, I recognise you.'”

  • Adam McMurchie

    What is going on??? none of the comments are translated, this is RUBBISH!

  • ThinkBlue

    For those saying there’s now extradition treaty with the United States so they will never find him, I have to say that it is not necessarily the case. There are cases of murder in the US where a suspect fled to China and was extradited one way or another, either through US also extraditing people they want back to China or China sending people to Hong Kong first whom does have an extradition treaty with the US. In any case the law isn’t black and white and there are ways to pursue it if the issue is pressed.

    Here is an article of murders in Boston’s China Town where extradition was carried out. Just search for the word extradition and you’ll find the exact relevant paragraph.

    • ClausRasmussen

      Note that the suspects in the story (Nam The Tham & Siny Van Tran) most likely were US citizens of Vietnamese descent and they were involved in drug related crimes in China. They would have been kicked out anyway