Chinese police contribute to global security

International Cooperation
From the Italian capital of Rome to deep in the forests of Liberia's Monrovia, Chinese police have been conducting patrols overseas.

XinhuaUpdated: September 27, 2017

In May 2016, China sent police officers to Rome and Milan, both popular destinations for Chinese tourists, for joint patrols with their Italian counterparts as part of a law enforcement cooperation program between the two countries.

About one year later, Italian police officers started to patrol the Badaling section of the Great Wall in Beijing. It was the first time that foreign police officers had carried out joint patrols in China with Chinese peers.

The joint patrols have laid a foundation for China and Italy to deepen cooperation in law enforcement and in combating cross-border crimes, setting a good example for law enforcement collaboration between China and other countries.

The move was just part of China's participation in international law enforcement cooperation in recent years.

In 2011, a crackdown on a chain of porn websites proved a successful operation by Chinese and U.S. police forces.

The primary operator of the websites Wang Yong was arrested in the United States by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, while Chinese police detained more than 10 people suspected of maintaining the websites in China.

In 2016, Chinese police worked with counterparts in Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe to combat telecom fraud, uprooting about 100 criminal dens and arresting nearly 5,000 suspects.

Joint anti-abduction campaigns between China and Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam and Myanmar, also saw remarkable results in 2016, with 253 abducted children and women rescued and 367 suspects detained.

In addition, China have launched operations such as "Sky Net" and "Fox Hunt" to hunt corruption suspects who have fled overseas.

From 2012 to March 2017, 2,873 fugitives were captured from more than 90 countries and regions, with 476 of them being former officials and about 40 were from the Interpol Red Notice list. About 8.99 billion yuan (about 136 million U.S. dollars) was recovered.

According to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, the number of corrupt officials that fled overseas saw a drastic decrease in 2016 as the country's anti-corruption campaign continued to gain momentum.

A total of 19 fugitive suspects fled China in 2016, compared with 31 in 2015 and 101 in 2014.

Moreover, Chinese police have participated in various UN peacekeeping missions since 2000, making 2,609 trips abroad on peacekeeping missions.

As the second largest financial contributor to UN peacekeeping and the largest contributor of troops among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China is also working to establish a permanent peacekeeping police squad, and a standby peacekeeping force of 8,000 troops.

As of July, China's standby peacekeeping police force consisted of over 300 people that had passed UN assessment, ready to be sent abroad. The force has been listed by the UN as the world's first standby peacekeeping police force with a rapid deployment capability.

"China will continue to actively participate in UN peacekeeping missions in the future and play a bigger role in strengthening international law enforcement cooperation and safeguarding global harmony and security," a Ministry of Public Security offcial said.