BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s proposal at the opening ceremony of the 86th Interpol General Assembly Tuesday was applauded by police organizations of other countries.
“Countries should adopt a concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, and jointly respond to security challenges,” Xi said.
Antonino Cufalo, deputy police chief of Italy, agreed with Xi’s standpoint that individual countries, while maintaining their own security, should take into account the security of other countries.
“Security of a country can not be ensured by an individual or a single country; rather, joint efforts between governments of various countries are needed to combat terrorism and cross-border crime,” Cufalo said.
Ahsan Iqbal, Interior Minister of Pakistan, also supported Xi’s advocacy for cooperation and collaboration in terms of ensuring national security.
“This vision of shared responsibility and shared concern for everyone is needed at this time,” he said.
Iqbal said around 70,000 Pakistanis have been killed as a result of terrorism during the past decade, making Pakistan the greatest victim of terrorism over this period. But in the last four years, the country has amassed experience in fighting terrorism, and is willing to share it with other countries.
“We look forward to working very closely with China as well as our friends in other countries to create a safer world, not just in our region, but around the whole world, so that we are able to cooperate to deal with new challenges like drug trafficking, cybercrime, technology-driven crime,” Iqbal said.
“Therefore President Xi’s offer — to help developing countries establish abilities in fighting new types of crime through training police and through capacity building of security agencies — is very timely and much appreciated,” he continued.
In his speech, the Chinese president vowed stronger support for Interpol in the five years to come to raise its global influence and leadership.
Sophie Hatt, head of the Department of International Cooperation of Interior Ministry of France, said that she thought highly of China’s contribution and support for Interpol.
“China has made a great contribution to world peace with its solid actions. In President Xi’s speech, he said China will train 20,000 law enforcement officers of developing countries each year, and I think this will greatly improve Interpol’s law enforcement abilities,” Hatt said.
“It is a great proposal for China to enhance the abilities of police personnel in developing countries,” said Kenechanh Phommachack, senior official at the Ministry of Public Security of Laos.
He said Laos has benefited from China’s training programs for combating international crime. Each year, Laotian law enforcement officers come to China to take part in training courses or long-term programs. This year more than 30 officers have taken courses in the country.
“Xi’s offer of concerted efforts in creating a safer world shows the wisdom of a leader of a big country,” said Phommachack.