Senior official calls for closer international cooperation on anti-corruption

A senior Chinese official has called on international community to conduct closer cooperation to fight corruption.

Senior official calls for closer international cooperation on anti-corruption

Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau, made the remarks at the third seminar of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) that began in Shanghai on Monday.

All countries, regions and relevant international organizations should work closer together to prevent and crack down on transnational organized corruption, and exert great efforts to solve problems regarding extradition and repatriation of criminal suspects, recovering and return of involved money and goods, and exchange of anti-corruption intelligence, said Zhou, who is also the secretary of the Political Science and Law Committee of the CPC Central Committee.

Fighting corruption is the common wish of the whole mankind, Zhou said. He said he believed that the current seminar, with the theme of international cooperation, will further promote international cooperation in the anti-corruption field.

The international community has made distinct progress in preventing and punishing corruption through multi-level cooperation mechanism and effective cooperation, and with the promulgation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, he said.

The IAACA has also played more and more important roles in promoting closer international anti-corruption exchange and cooperation since its foundation five years ago, the official said.

China will continue to offer support to the development of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA), and also hopes for support from the international community, Zhou said.

China attaches great importance to international exchanges and cooperation in the anti-corruption fields, Zhou said, adding currently, China has signed 106 judicial assistance treaties with 68 countries and regions.

Zhou said, the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government have unswervingly promoted the building of clean government, and are firm in fighting corruption.

China will continue to speed up the building of a socialist country ruled by law and promoting a mechanism to prevent and punish corruption, Zhou said.

Xinhua

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