China and Italy to Swap Beats in Crackdown on Cross-border Crime

China and Italy will send one liaison officer to each other's capital in an effort to enhance policing co-operation.

And both sides have decided to mutually send officers to receive training and exchange experience of policing work.

These bilateral agreements were revealed at the conclusion of an international workshop in Beijing on ways to tackle cross-border crimes.

"The workshop has been fruitful and many final agreements have been reached,'' Minister of Public Security Jia Chunwang told 26 members of the Asia-Europe Meeting - a forum for countries in the two regions to step up co-operation in political, economic and cultural spheres.

Based on the agreements, the organizing committee of the three-day workshop had finished "a chairman's report.'' Jia and his Italian counterpart, Claudio Scajola co-chaired the conference.

"All the countries involved should accelerate the pace of law-making over the exchange of intelligence information, which is a basic field of co-operation between the two regions in policing,'' the report highlighted.

In addition, all participants were called on to actively join in future workshops on smashing transnational crimes and submit fresh co-operation strategies for discussion, Jia and Scajola said in the report.

"As the world has sped up globalization, various transnational crimes are rampant,'' Jia said.

Economic crimes, illegal immigration and international terrorist attacks are listed as the top targets for police across the world to tackle, according to the report.

Scajola stressed that terrorist attacks, which are usually well-planned and co-ordinated, pose a direct challenge to world peace.

"The world's police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and physicians, and urban search and rescue personnel now have a daunting and heartbreaking task ahead of them,'' he said.

Only through a concerted and unified effort could terrorists be identified, located and brought to justice.

"With such actions taking place, the criminals would quiver,'' Scajola said.

Jia said human trafficking is one of the most serious violations of human rights which the international community now confronts, calling it a modern-day slave trade that nations, governments and law enforcement agencies must do their utmost to stop.

"We simply cannot turn our head in the other direction or say that these crimes are too difficult to investigate or prosecute,'' Jia said.

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