China visit by INTERPOL Chief focuses on international police collaboration
BEIJING, China – Advancing collaboration against transnational crime was the focus of talks between senior Chinese officials and Secretary General Jürgen Stock on his first official mission to China.
Corruption, cybercrime, fugitive investigations and terrorism, and China’s support to INTERPOL global and regional initiatives were on the agenda in Mr Stock’s meetings with Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun, and Zhao Hongzhu, Deputy Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
Recognizing China’s efforts against a range of crimes, including corruption which he said undermined economic development, Secretary General Stock welcomed its continued commitment to global law enforcement cooperation via the world police body.
“INTERPOL values its cooperation with China against transnational criminal activities at a time when it is playing an increasingly prominent role in strengthening regional and international police cooperation,” said Mr Stock.
“In the digital age, active involvement and support from our member countries is all the more critical given the increasingly interconnected nature of transnational crime,” added the Head of INTERPOL.
Last month China’s Ministry of Public Security also co-hosted with INTERPOL in Xiamen a Eurasian working group meeting on cybercrime. The meeting reviewed cybercrime trends, Internet governance and capacity building in cybercrime investigations and digital forensics.
Mr Stock also pointed to China’s role in Operation First Light in 2014, coordinated in the region via INTERPOL, and which targeted crimes such as spear-phishing or fraudulent phone calls asking for personal or financial information and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit profits for criminals. It led to the arrest of more than 20 individuals in the region and the identification of a number of crime syndicate heads.
During his visit Mr Stock also met with the Director-General of the International Cooperation Department at China’s Ministry of Public Security, Liao Jinrong, as well as with its Deputy Director General, Duan Daqi, who is also the Deputy Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Beijing.