China, Vietnam strengthen cooperation against cross-border crimes

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/11/15 1:53:58

China and Vietnam have strengthened cooperation in combating cross-border crimes and their efforts have paid off.

Vietnamese police recently transferred a Chinese suspect, an alleged timber smuggler and tax evader, to Chinese police through Pingxiang Friendship Pass, a busy border pass in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Chinese police reported Lin's escape to Vietnam in July, and Vietnamese police captured the suspect at an airport in Hanoi last month.

"China and Vietnam have conducted multiple campaigns since a police affair liaison bureau was set up in Vietnam in 2014. More than 100 escaped criminals have been seized," said Zhao Wanpeng, police counselor of the Chinese Embassy to Vietnam.

This year, through the coordination of the bureau, the Vietnamese police handed over 23 fugitives to China, while China returned 15 fugitives to Vietnamese police, including a drug dealer and an illegal immigrant.

In fighting human trafficking, border counties in Guangxi and Yunnan Province have joined hands with Vietnamese border provinces to establish four liaison offices to crack down on cross-border trafficking crimes and launch regular meetings to strengthen exchanges and information sharing.

China and Vietnam have cracked more than 100 transnational human trafficking cases since 2010, rescuing over 1,000 women and children.

The two countries are also fighting drug crime.

"Police of the two countries have been strengthening law enforcement cooperation and anti-drug publicity in border areas in recent years. Regular joint patrols have efficiently stabilized those areas," said Xu Ruida, an official in charge of political and legal affairs in the city of Pingxiang.

As an important part of China-Vietnam anti-drug campaigns, Guangxi has closely worked with drug control departments in Vietnam, sharing intelligence and build communication platforms.

The two sides are conducting the fourth joint crackdown on drug crime. The previous three campaigns cracked more than 7,000 drug crimes, arrested over 10,000 suspects and confiscated nearly 6,000 kilograms of drugs.

"Both sides have strengthened cooperation in counter-terrorism and maintaining stability in border areas, which is a heavy blow to stowaways involved in terrorism, trying to leave via the China-Vietnam border," said Wang Chen, director of the Public Security Bureau of Fangchenggang city in Guangxi.

"China and Vietnam will further cooperation in dealing with cross-border crimes, and promote the building of sister villages in border areas," Wang said.

In September, the first meeting of the procuratorates in border areas of China and Vietnam was held in Nanning, capital of Guangxi. The two sides have signed a cooperation memorandum to facilitate judicial cooperation.

"China and Vietnam share a border. Cracking down on border crimes should be the responsibilities of both sides," said Phung Thi Hue, senior researcher of Institute of Chinese Studies at the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. "Law enforcement cooperation between China and Vietnam could benefit their border areas, and maintain border security and stability."

In addition, Chinese and Vietnamese police have increased and deepened exchange visits and training cooperation. Chinese and Vietnamese police conducted 24 mutual visits in 2017. A total of 77 Vietnamese police officers have participated in nine training courses at China's invitation.


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