China to help na­tions’ po­lice via UN

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YAN zhangyan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China will of­fer more tech­ni­cal ex­perts and train­ing to po­lice of­fi­cers in coun­tries where needed to help fight cross-bor­der crimes, in ad­di­tion to its tra­di­tional UN peace­keep­ing role of main­tain­ing se­cu­rity and so­cial or­der, said a se­nior of­fi­cial from the Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity.

China, the largest con­trib­u­tor of po­lice per­son­nel to the United Na­tions peace­keep­ing mis­sion, will de­ploy more armed po­lice forces to coun­tries in line with UN’s re­quests to “deal with ri­ots and mass in­ci­dents, as well as to help with se­cu­rity in large-scale ac­tiv­i­ties, cy­ber­se­cu­rity and coun­tert­er­ror­ism ac­tions”, Liao Jin­rong, di­rec­tor of the min­istry’s In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Bureau, told China Daily.

In ad­di­tion, the coun­try plans to send more tech­ni­cal ex­perts and in­struc­tors to fa­cil­i­tate train­ing of for­eign po­lice of­fi­cers. “To en­hance peace­keep­ing ef­forts, we will of­fer crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion tech­nol­ogy and com­bat tac­tics for them to im­prove their op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” Liao said.

Cur­rently, un­rest and con­flicts oc­cur in some coun­tries and re­gions due to sec­tar­ian di­vi­sions, piracy and so­cial ten­sion. It’s more than nec­es­sary to send more peace­keep­ing po­lice to par­tic­i­pate in main­tain­ing se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in such places, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

Chi­nese peace­keep­ing po­lice have “as­sumed great re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in help­ing to han­dle lo­cal ri­ots, seiz­ing illegal weapons, re­lo­cat­ing armed mil­i­tants, fight­ing vi­o­lent and ter­ror­ist crimes, as well as con­duct­ing armed pa­trols in mis­sion ar­eas,” Liao said.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, China has sent 2,290 peace­keep­ing po­lice to nine UN mis­sion coun­tries and re­gions since 2000, in­clud­ing Haiti, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Liberia, Su­dan and South Su­dan. Cur­rently, 161 Chi­nese po­lice are par­tic­i­pat­ing in peace­keep­ing mis­sions in Liberia, South Su­dan and Cyprus.

In the past 15 years, Chi­nese peace­keep­ing po­lice have helped han­dle 700 large ri­ots and illegal demon­stra­tions, and as­sisted in cap­tur­ing 2,436 sus­pects and res­cu­ing more than 390 hostages. They also have helped con­fis­cate 9,500 weapons and sent 18,000 refugees back to their home­land.

“China will play a more ac­tive role in sup­ply­ing spe­cial train­ing, ex­per­tise, crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion tech­niques and fi­nan­cial sup­port to the coun­tries in need,” said Wang Xiaochen, se­nior of­fi­cial from the In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Bureau.

To en­hance peace­keep­ing ef­forts, we will of­fer crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion tech­nol­ogy and com­bat tac­tics.”

WANG ZHUANGFEI / CHINA DAILY

Ye Lixin (front) is among the 12 mem­bers of the 14th group of Chi­nese peace­keep­ing po­lice of­fi­cers be­ing sent as part of the United Na­tions peace­keep­ing mis­sion in Liberia. The group, which will de­part on Thurs­day for Liberia, held a cer­e­mony in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day.

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