Xi Jinping wants to raise China’s profile within Interpol and strengthen global police cooperation

China wants to raise the profile of the global police cooperation agency Interpol and strengthen its leadership. At the opening of Interpol’s general assembly on September 26 in Beijing, Chinese president Xi Jinping pledged to support Interpol to play a bigger role in global security governance. He said the fight against terrorism, cybercrime and organized crime should be among Interpol’s priorities.

Xi announced plans to establish an international law enforcement institute in China under the Ministry of Public Security. The institute would train some 20,000 police officers from developing countries over the next five years and help some 100 countries to improve their communications systems and crime labs.

Beijing is trying to gain more influence in international organizations and help shape the international security agenda. Last year, Interpol’s 190 member countries elected a senior Chinese official, Vice Public Security Minister Meng Hongwei, as its president. International human rights groups have criticized the choice and have accused China of misusing Interpol’s procedures to target dissidents and exiles.

MERICS analysis: “China's Global Law Enforcement Drive. The need for a European response.” China Monitor by Thomas Eder, Bertram Lang and Moritz Rudolf

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