|Statement by Counsellor YAO Shaojun at GA High-level Debate on Transnational Organized Crime Panel one: 15 years of implementation of the Convention|
At the outset, China would like to pay its highest tribute to Judge Giovanni Falcone and other heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against transnational organized crime. We thank the panelists for their presentations.
In the 15 years of the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, the number of states parties has kept increasing, totaling 187 now. The Convention has seen growing universality and acceptance. As an important tool of the international community in responding to the threat of transnational crime, it has, generally speaking, been effectively implemented. Meanwhile, considering the growing link between transnational organized crime with issues like terrorism, corruption and illegal migration, the international community should, in keeping with these developments, step up its effort to implement the Convention and enhance cooperation in counterterrorism, hunting down fugitives, recovering their ill-gotten gains and fighting human trafficking.
The Chinese government attaches great importance to fighting transnational organized crime. China fully participated in the negotiation process of the Convention, playing a constructive role for its successful adoption. The Chinese government is committed to comprehensively and earnestly fulfilling its obligations under the Convention and has amended and improved its relevant domestic legislations in line with the provisions of the Convention. In order to combat violent terrorist crime more forcefully, China promulgated the Ninth Amendment to the Criminal law in August, 2015, which, in response to emerging trends and new features of violent terrorist crime, criminalizes preparatory activities for terrorist purposes such as planning, supplying tools, communicating with overseas terrorist organizations or personnel, financing terrorist training, etc.
China actively carries out international cooperation and strives to build a cooperation network against transnational organized crime. Since the Convention came into force, China has, in accordance with the Convention, handled dozens of mutual legal assistance requests, signed 46 extradition treaties and 59 treaties on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters with foreign authorities and actively expanded bilateral judicial and law enforcement cooperation with relevant countries.
Transnational organized crime knows no borders. In the face of this threat, all countries belong to a community of common destiny and shared interests. China is ready to cooperate fully with the relevant parties to continue to promote the full and effective implementation of the Convention.
Thank you, Mr. President.