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08 September 2015

Senior Chinese official and INTERPOL Chief meet on international police collaboration

LYON, France – Increased collaboration between INTERPOL and China across a range of law enforcement areas topped the agenda during a meeting between China’s Zhao Hongzhu, Member of Secretariat, CPC Central Committee, and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock at the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.

The visit by Mr Zhao Hongzhu provided an opportunity to review cooperation on key transnational organized crime issues including corruption, cybercrime, fugitive investigations and terrorism, as well as China’s support to related global and regional initiatives via INTERPOL’s global network.

Recognizing INTERPOL’s efforts in helping identify and locate criminals, Mr Zhao Hongzhu in particular highlighted China’s ‘zero-tolerance’ efforts against corruption.

“China’s authorities appreciate the important role INTERPOL plays in combating all forms of transnational crime by facilitating effective international police cooperation worldwide. We therefore look forward to developing our collaboration with INTERPOL and its member countries even further to help make the world a safer place,” said Mr Zhao Hongzhu.

Secretary General Stock welcomed China’s continued commitment to global law enforcement cooperation via INTERPOL, including the statement by Mr Zhao Hongzhu that China stood ready to enhance its cooperation with INTERPOL against corruption, in tracing fugitives and recovering illegal proceedings.

“Today, China plays an increasingly prominent role in strengthening regional and international police cooperation. INTERPOL values its cooperation with China against a range of transnational criminal activities,” said Mr Stock.

In this respect, describing corruption as 'a precursor to other types of crime and a threat to economic development', Secretary General Stock added that INTERPOL was strengthening its anti-corruption programme.

“Furthermore, China’s recent decision to increase the number of its police officers at INTERPOL also recognizes that with the increasingly interconnected nature of transnational crime, involvement and support from our member countries is more important than ever,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

The Chinese delegation included Zhai Jun, China’s Ambassador to France; Zhou Li, Vice Minister of the International Department, CPC Central Committee; Liu Jianchao, Deputy Director General of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau; Wang Ju, China’s Consul General in Lyon; and Duan Daqi, Deputy Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Beijing.