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People's Daily Online -- Top lawmaker: China willing to strengthen judicial cooperation with Asian, European countries

People's Daily Online -- Top lawmaker: China willing to strengthen judicial cooperation with Asian, European countriesTop lawmaker: China willing to strengthen judicial cooperation with Asian, European countries
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China is willing to strengthen judicial cooperation with Asian and European countries on the basis of mutual respect and equality, Wu Bangguo, China's top legislator, said Friday at the opening ceremony of Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Prosecutors-General Conference.

Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, spoke highly of the establishment and development of the ASEM, calling it a new mechanism of cooperation between the two continents, both boast a long history, a splendid culture, and both have made great contribution to the civilization and progress of the human society.

He called for increasing exchanges of information to form a cooperative mechanism, expand channels for cooperation, enrich the content of cooperation, and improve the efficiency of cooperation, so as to join forces in cracking down upon cross-border and organized crimes.

Wu said terrorism, corruption, money-laundering and drug-related crimes are international public hazards. It is a common aspiration for peoples of Asian and European nations and an obligatory duty for procuratorates of these countries to strengthen international cooperation and join forces in cracking down upon cross-border organized crimes.

According to Wu, China has become members of several international conventions on fighting organized crimes and corruption, signed 72 judicial assistance protocols or agreements on cooperation with 48 foreign countries, signed protocols on extradition with 24 foreign countries, and participated in 25 multi-national conventions on judicial cooperation.

At the end of his speech, Wu informed the audience of the enormous achievements China has made in the 10th five-year plan period (2001-2005) and its goals in the 11th five-year (2006-2010) program.

He said that China will firmly take the road of peaceful development and consistently implement an independent, self-reliant and peaceful foreign policy. China was, is and will always be a steadfast power for safeguarding world peace and promote a common development, he stressed.

The conference is sponsored by China's Supreme People's Procuratorate and national procuratorates of Denmark and the Republic of Korea (ROK), with the attendance of more than 800 representatives from 46 countries and regions, five international organizations, and procurator-generals from China's provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.

Source: Xinhua

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