The term “naked official” or, luoti guanyuan, is a popular term referring to Party or government officials whose immediate family members live overseas or have already become foreign nationals. In many cases, such officials are stashing the ill-gotten gains of official corruption in China in overseas accounts or businesses — and preparing to eventually leave China. Little has actually been done to combat this practice, though a top discipline inspection official said in March 2011 that China would begin to scrutinize such conduct.

In the following cartoon, posted to a Chinese website in 2009, a corrupt official sends his wife overseas on a paper airplane labeled “Going Overseas.” Surrounded by fat bags of money the official tells his departing wife: “Sweetheart, just wait for me to scoop up enough and I’ll join you to enjoy it all!”