Beijing set to host Interpol general assembly

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/25 23:28:39

Beijing set to host Interpol gen. assembly

China and the world's experts will discuss safety issues, including counter-terrorism and safeguarding cyber security, at a conference in Beijing to "make the world a safer place."

Public security departments and global experts will attend the four-day International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) General Assembly in Beijing from Tuesday to Friday.

The Interpol's 86th General Assembly, with the theme "Connecting Police for a Safer World," will also tackle organized crime, the hunt for overseas fugitives, recovering ill-gotten wealth and protecting overseas interests.

The Interpol's current president is Meng Hongwei, Chinese vice minister for public security, who was elected in November 2016 at the organization's 85th General Assembly in Bali, Indonesia. He is the first Chinese official to hold the post.

Referring to concerns from human rights groups that China may use the Chinese president of Interpol to pursue its agenda of going after dissidents overseas, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang called it "groundless" at a daily briefing Friday.

He said China has always strictly observed the Interpol's goal and principles, and promoted cooperation between Interpol and its members.

China has successfully extradited more than 10 suspects from Europe, including France, Italy and Spain since 2014. As of March 2017, China has recovered 2,336 suspects who fled to 80 countries and regions.

Based in Lyon, France, Interpol is the second largest international organization after the United Nations with 190 members. China joined Interpol in 1984.

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