China and the United States agreed to carry out substantial cooperation in all areas of law enforcement, a Sino-US Joint Liaison Group (JLG) said in a statement signed in BeijingThursday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a news release Friday that the heads of Chinese and US delegations signed the joint statement at the conclusion of a two-day JLG meeting in Beijing.
Both sides made it clear that they will institutionalize the JLG mechanism and lift bilateral cooperation within the framework.
This was the fourth meeting of the Sino-US Joint Liaison Group (JLG) on law enforcement cooperation which was founded in 1998 to promote bilateral cooperation in combating crimes.
Since its establishment, the Sino-US JLG has played an active role in deepening trust and understanding between the law enforcement departments of the two countries, strengthening bilateral cooperation in law enforcement and promoting Sino-US relations, according to the latest meeting.
China and the United States agreed to hold the JLG meeting every year and that each side will host the meeting in their own country in rotation.
The Chinese delegation is headed by Liu Zhenmin, director-general of the Department of Treaty and Law of the Chinese Foreign Ministry; while the US delegation is headed by Elizabeth Verville, senior advisor of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the US Department of State, and Bruce Swartz, the US deputy assistant attorney-general.
US Drug Enforcement Administration leader Karen Tandy, who is visiting Beijing, also attended the closing ceremony of the JLG meeting and made a brief speech Thursday.
During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on implementing the Sino-US agreement on mutual legal assistance in prosecuting intellectual property infringement, combating transnational crimes, conducting joint anti-narcotics operations, extraditing and tracking fugitives and cracking down on illegal immigration.
The two sides discussed ideas for further cooperation and said they will take an active attitude and work in a cooperative, practical and efficient manner to carry out in-depth discussions and more substantial cooperation.