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11 October 2013 - Media release

Chinese Ministry of Public Security visit to INTERPOL underlines key role of international law enforcement cooperation

LYON, France – The Director General of the International Cooperation Department, Chinese Ministry of Public Security, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss security measures aimed at enhancing international cooperation against transnational crime.

The visit by Director General Jingrong Liao provided an opportunity to review key transnational organized crime issues such as human trafficking, drugs trafficking and illegal football gambling.

"China’s authorities recognize INTERPOL’s essential role in fighting transnational crime in all its forms, through effective cooperation between police forces worldwide. We therefore look forward to developing our relationship with INTERPOL and its member countries even further in combating all forms of international crime," said Jingrong Liao, Director General, International Cooperation Department, Chinese Ministry of Public Security.

Secretary General Noble pointed to China’s support of a number of projects targeting Asian organized crime networks, in particular the SOGA operations combating illegal football gambling. Between 2007 and 2010 the three operations led to nearly 7,000 arrests, the seizure of more than USD 26 million in cash and the closure of illegal gambling dens handling bets worth more than USD 2 billion.

In September of this year, global efforts to combat trafficking in illicit goods took a significant step forward when China hosted its first INTERPOL training session against illicit trade. The seminar followed the success of Operation Hurricane, the first ever INTERPOL-led operation targeting illicit trade in Asia.

Interventions across China resulted in several organized crime networks being broken up, the closure of nearly 80 sites producing fake goods and the seizure of counterfeits worth millions of dollars.

Secretary General Noble highlighted how the visit by Director General Jingrong Liao came at a time when police worldwide are facing an increasingly challenging operational landscape, with criminals taking advantage of new technology, the ease of international travel and the anonymous world of virtual business.

“International police cooperation with China is vital not just for the security of its citizens but also for the Asian region and beyond at a time when globalization and technological developments have seen the expansion and diversification of transnational crime,” said Secretary General Noble.

“China has demonstrated its support for international police cooperation not just through their support in transnational law enforcement operations  but equally as important, in their seconding officers to our General Secretariat headquarters,” added the head of INTERPOL.

A review of progress on the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) due to open in Singapore in late 2014 also topped the agenda during Mr Jingrong Liao’s visit. Enhancing INTERPOL’s presence in Asia, the IGCI will be a cutting-edge research and development facility for the identification of crimes and criminals, innovative training, operational support and partnerships.