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Joint statement signed to aid co-op treaties
By Shao Zongwei (China Daily)
Updated: 2004-07-10 01:18

China and Southeast Asian countries promised to combat crime together.

Prosecutors-General from China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Friday pledged utmost efforts to provide mutual legal assistance in combating crime.

A joint statement signed by the 10 ASEAN countries and China at the end of the two-day China-ASEAN Prosecutors-General Conference promised to earnestly implement legal assistance and extradition treaties already signed between China and ASEAN countries as well as procuratorial co-operation agreements.

Procuratorates in China and ASEAN countries will work together on investigations, evidence collection, arrests and extraditions as well as returns of illegal gains, it said.

The joint statement is a significant step between for both China and ASEAN particularly in fighting terrorism and cross-border crime, said Thai Attorney-General Rawat Chamchalerm.

The prosecutors-general promised closer co-operation in the battle against terrorism, illegal drugs and weapons trafficking, human smuggling, money laundering, Internet crimes and corruption.

They agreed to set up a mechanism for direct procuratorial co-operation in the border regions.

"The joint statement has... shown our determination to earnestly carry out our duties as prosecutors, join hands in curbing crime and safeguard the security, stability and development of the region," said Jia Chunwang, procurator-general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

Next year's conference for prosecutors-general from China and ASEAN countries will be held in Thailand.

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