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13 mayo 2017

INTERPOL and China to explore areas for strengthening security and policing capabilities

BEIJING, China – A new declaration of intent between INTERPOL and China will identify opportunities to strengthen the security and policing capabilities in member countries.

State Councilor and China’s Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun, INTERPOL President Meng Hongwei and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock signed the declaration on the eve of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, which will bring together nearly 30 leaders from Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America.

State Councilor and Minister Guo said the signing of the declaration of intent showed INTERPOL's recognition of the influence of the Belt and Road Initiative and would be beneficial for improving the law enforcement capabilities of the participating INTERPOL member countries.

INTERPOL President Meng welcomed the declaration as a new chapter of cooperation which would serve to strengthen the security of member countries.

Covering more than 60 countries over three continents, the BRI focuses on trade relationships and infrastructure development through the ‘five links’ which refer to linkages in policies, infrastructure, trade and people in the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road.

As the world’s largest police organization with 190 member countries, INTERPOL is uniquely placed to help ensure that increased trade and exchange do not lead to increased opportunities for criminals.

In this respect, China has signalled its intention to support a number of INTERPOL initiatives, including expanding access to its secure global police communications system I-24/7 at borders, and combating illicit markets, targeting financial and cybercrime and the protection of vulnerable communities and critical infrastructure.

“Security is a key prerequisite of sustainable development and progress and INTERPOL helps police on the ground understand crime trends, exchange and analyse information, conduct operations and ultimately, arrest criminals,” said Secretary General Stock.

“To achieve this we also need to ensure that national law enforcement agencies have the capabilities and access to the information they require for effective action at the national, regional and global levels,” added Mr Stock.

With the BRI potentially playing a role in the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Secretary General Stock also underlined INTERPOL and China’s common interests in the development of global policing goals.