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Vietnam, China holds seventh meeting on crime prevention

February 20, 2021 | 10:29

The meeting marks an important event in bilateral ties and will ultimately help to promote the comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership between the two countries in the fields of national security, crime prevention, along with combat and protection of social order and safety.

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Vietnam, China holds seventh meeting on crime prevention
Minister of Public Security General To Lam addresses the meeting. Photo: VNA

The Ministries of Public Security of both Vietnam and China convened the seventh meeting on crime prevention on February 19 in Hanoi under the co-chair of Vietnamese Minister of Public Security General To Lam and his Chinese counterpart Minister Zhao Kezhi, VNA reported.

This is also a chance for both sides to evaluate the outcomes of cooperative agreements between the two ministries since the previous meeting in Beijing in October 2018, and sketch out measures to promote cooperation to 2022.

Prior to the meeting, on the same day, the Ministry of Public Security held an official welcoming ceremony for the Chinese delegation led by Minister Zhao Kezhi.

Over the past two years, building on the foundation of the comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership between the two Parties and States, co-operation between the two Public Security Ministries has been strengthened across a variety of fields. This includes the exchange of delegations and information, along with personnel training.

Both sides have also co-ordinated closely to combat a variety of crimes, especially drug-related, high–tech, and economic crimes, whilst working closely together to capture wanted criminals, managing cross-border activities, and contributing to ensuring political security. In addition, efforts to maintain social order and safety in each country, especially along the shared border, have been at the forefront of co-operation activities.

Vietnam, China holds seventh meeting on crime prevention
Vietnamese Minister of Public Security General To Lam (R, front line) and his Chinese counterpart Zhao Kezhi sign the minutes of the meeting. Photo: VNA

Most notably, competent agencies from both sides have co-operated to crack down on drug-related crimes occurring along the border and at border gates.

Since 2018, four raids have been conducted to bust gangs involved in drug-related crimes, especially trans-national cases, while completing co-ordination mechanisms on joint investigations into crimes involving drugs.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has assisted the Chinese side in identifying many high-technology criminals involving Chinese nationals operating in Vietnam, as well as in arresting and handing over the criminals to the Chinese side.

Vietnamese and Chinese authorities have collaborated in combating human trafficking cases, especially the trafficking of Vietnamese women to China, and rescued many Vietnamese victims.

During this meeting, the two ministers reached agreement on measures to improve collaboration efficiency in protecting domestic security in each country and the efficiency of cooperation in crime prevention and control in the future, focusing on holding crackdowns on trans-national crimes such as terrorism, high-tech, human trafficking and drug-related crimes.

The eighth meeting will be held in China in 2022.

Vietnam, China holds seventh meeting on crime prevention
Vietnamese Minister of Public Security General To Lam and his Chinese counterpart Minister Zhao Kezhi (R). Source: VOV

Functional units of the two ministries signed three MoUs on cooperation in fighting high-tech crime, crime related to telecommunications and Internet networks, and management of migrants and enter-exit activities.

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also received visiting Chinese State Councillor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi in Hanoi on February 19./.

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