State media said on Thursday, A former senior Chinese official, who went into hiding after being sought by anti-corruption investigators, has applied for asylum in the United States after been detained there.
Yang Xiuzhu, a former deputy mayor of Wenzhou in the booming eastern province of Zhejiang, was taken into custody in the United States last month pending her removal to China.
China's official Xinhua news agency said that Yang, at the top of a Chinese list of 100 suspected corrupt people believed to be abroad and subject to an Interpol "red notice", made the asylum application in a New York court.
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