China, ASEAN to further deepen cooperation on combating transnational crime

18:23, November 18, 2009      

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The First ASEAN - China Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC Plus China)was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, aimed to further strengthen the cooperation between China and ASEAN on combating transnational crime, Chinese official said Wednesday.

"The meeting marks another major result of bilateral cooperation in the field of law enforcement and security," said Zhang Xinfeng, vice minister of Public Security of China, at the meeting.

He said the Chinese Ministry of Public Security always attaches great importance to the law enforcement partnership with ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), and is ready to further deepen the cooperation.

Zhang gave concrete proposals on fostering cooperation, especially on the legal implementation and human resource training fields. China promised to train 1,000 law enforcement officers for ASEAN countries in the upcoming five years which was received a warm welcome by ASEAN member countries.

Moreover, China expressed its hope to conduct flexible and pragmatic cooperation in such fields as fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, weapon smuggling, human trafficking, international economic crimes, etc. through joint actions.

China and ASEAN have actively cooperated in law implementation and witnessed rapid development since 2004, including those on drug trafficking, transnational kidnapping, women and child trafficking. The two sides have conducted extraditions of 80 fugitive criminals.

Also on Wednesday, the 4th ASEAN Plus Three (China, Japan and South Korea) Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC+3) was held and published a Joint Statement reaffirming their commitment in consolidating and further strengthen ASEAN's effort in combating transnational crime through collaboration with China, Japan and South Korea.

At the same time, the ministers called for the unconditional and expeditious implementation of existing cooperative mechanisms between ASEAN and the three countries in response to transnational crime issues. The meeting decided that the 5th AMMTC+3 will be held in Bali, Indonesia in November 2011.

Founded in 1967, ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Source: Xinhua
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