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China ends co-operation with France on police matters

Chinese authorities have decided to break off their policing cooperation with France. This choice could be linked to the decision of Paris to grant asylum to the wife of the former president of Interpol, sentenced in China for corruption.

Published: August 5, 2019, 8:09 am

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    Beijing announced a total break in cooperation with French authorities on police matters, according to French daily Le Monde. A decision that, according to the French Ministry of the Interior, could be particularly detrimental in the fight against counterfeiting, from which the French industry suffers.

    Technical exchanges in the field of counter-terrorism between the two countries, among others, will also be affected by this decision.

    Interpol’s Chinese president, who had been missing for 10 days, has resigned and is being accused of corruption. Meng Hongwei, President of Interpol from 2016 to 2018, also served as Deputy Minister of Public Security in China from 2004 to 2018.

    According to a diplomatic source quoted by Le Monde, this Chinese decision would be linked to that of Paris, to grant political asylum to the wife of the former president of Interpol.

    In September 2018, Meng Hongwei suddenly left Lyon. Beijing announced some ten days later that he had been arrested in China on suspicion of receiving bribes. Meng Hongwei has been in detention since then and pleaded guilty to corruption at his Beijing trial.

    Meng Hongwei’s wife, Grace Meng is still in France. She believes that the Chinese authorities have not presented “any evidence to support their allegations” and has filed a complaint in France for an attempted kidnapping.

    Grace Meng also says that the global policing body had attempted to gag her, and she has announced legal action against Interpol at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

    “[Interpol] failed to protect and assist my family and it is complicit in the internationally wrongful acts of its member country, China,” Meng said in a press release.

    Beijing wants Meng Hongwei’s wife return to China to take legal action against her, as an accomplice to the charges against her husband.

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