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China is learning a new skill in its marquee campaign to catch economic fugitives in other countries and bring them home — the power of persuasion.

Operation Fox Hunt claimed nearly two scalps a day in its first year. The problem: Most suspects returned of their own accord while the bigger fish are in Western democracies such as the U.S., Australia and Canada, where China lacks formal extradition agreements and must convince the courts they have a case.

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