China-Interpol cooperation suits international efforts

By Duo Mu Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/25 23:13:40

Beijing will host Interpol's general assembly from Tuesday to Friday and China will take the opportunity to promote international cooperation against terrorism, corruption and cybercrime. As the world's largest cross-border police cooperation organization, Interpol has 190 members. Meng Hongwei, vice minister of China's Ministry of Public Security, is the current president.

China joined Interpol in 1984. Since then it has stepped up cooperation with the organization. In 2014, China issued red notices through Interpol for 100 fugitives suspected of corruption. So far half have been brought back to China.

But cooperation between China and Interpol, including Meng's role as Interpol president, has been overly interpreted through a political lens. Some overseas media outlets claim China will inject its political goals into Interpol.

China has its own consideration and request for cooperation with Interpol as the country cracks down on corruption and terrorism.

With the Chinese government stepping up its anti-corruption efforts, more corrupt officials are fleeing abroad. Through working with Interpol, China has hunted down fleeing corrupt officials and deterred many more from running. In addition, based on international rules, China's public security authorities will also form a long-term mechanism to work with Western countries' judicial organs and international organizations to chase corrupt officials.

China has demonstrated a firm determination to root out corruption, which is also conducive to enhancing public confidence in the performance of the Communist Party of China and Chinese government.

Against the background of an increasing terrorism threat in western China and the wider international community, China is strengthening anti-terrorism cooperation with Interpol out of its own needs and contributing to global security governance via the Interpol framework.

As for a senior Chinese public security official being president, some human rights organizations raise the concern that China may exploit its position to go after dissidents abroad. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in responding to this question that "Interpol operates under the principles of professionalism and neutrality to jointly fight and prevent crime, and China respects that."

China's activities within Interpol have proved China is carrying out anti-terrorism work within an international framework. Those who accuse China of human rights violations have no idea that if they forego anti-terrorism activities in the name of human rights, they could become the next victims of terrorism. Corrupt officials and terrorists are our common enemies and they shouldn't be condoned by international public opinion.

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