China seeks US cooperation on fugitives

Beijing, Jan 28 (IANS) China's ministry of public security is working to set up a high-level meeting with US judicial officials in a bid to bring back Chinese fugitives from America.

"We're negotiating with the US Department of Homeland Security and will try to arrange the first summit this year," Wang Liqiang from the ministry's international cooperation bureau was quoted as saying by China Daily.

The meeting is expected to discuss cooperation on intelligence, operations, suspect repatriations and recovery of stolen assets.

An annual roundtable has already been held between the international cooperation bureau, the foreign affairs ministry's legal treaty department and several US agencies, including the Department of Justice.

"This is far from enough, and we urgently need a senior-level platform that can help law enforcement in North America better understand Chinese law and legal procedures, and assist us in fugitive repatriation and asset recovery," Wang said.

With the aim of boosting cooperation, China has been sending police liaison officers abroad since 1998.

China now has 80 officers stationed at 24 Chinese embassies in 23 countries, including the US, Canada, Russia, France and Japan.

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