Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for a global effort to build universal security. Xi addressed the 86th Interpol General Assembly in Beijing.
He praised Interpol’s role in global law enforcement but said it needs to do more to help china’s anti-corruption campaign.
CGTN’s Han Peng reports.
At the Interpol general assembly in Beijing, President Xi called on Interpol to work harder to chase fugitives.
“We have been significantly increasing our legal mechanism to assess every single red notice request that comes from many of our member countries,” Xi said. “We will all treat this request seriously, and check them against our rules. And again, at the end, these red notices enable our member countries to track criminal activity and to arrest fugitives.”
It won support from officials of some major Western powers, including France.
“We are trying to work very closely with China on this subject,” Sophie Hatt, the head of International Cooperation at the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, said. “I know that two more fugitives were sent back to China, and we are working together to do the best work possible.”
China’s international manhunt has brought home over 3,000 fugitives and recovered nearly 9 billion yuan (appox. $1.2 billion).
Human rights advocates have voiced concerns over the neutrality of Interpol. Critics fear Beijing may use the mechanism to hunt down dissidents. It’s a fear Interpol officials say is unfounded.
“We have been significantly increasing internally our legal mechanism to assess every single red notice request that comes from many of our member countries and we all treat this request seriously, check them against our rules,” says Jurgen Stock, the Secretary-General of Interpol said. “At the end, these red notices enable our member countries to track criminal activity and to arrest fugitives.”