China silent as French police probe disappearance of Interpol chief

By Ingrid Melander

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The disappearance of high-level Chinese officials ought to be seen as a worrying sign. Meng Hongwei was deputy minister of public security and had control over China’s secret police, before becoming president of Interpol in 2016.

Beijing saw Meng’s election as a chance to enlist international help in tracking down corrupt Chinese officials living abroad, as part of Xi Jinping’s much-publicized anti-graft crusade. But critics say the drive is merely a way for Xi to eliminate political enemies. But critics said Meng’s appointment was “extraordinarily” worrying, given China’s longstanding practice of trying to use Interpol to arrest dissidents and critics abroad.

Western countries have also been wary of extradition treaties with China due to concerns over the mistreatment of criminal suspects, and its reluctance to provide proof of suspects’ crimes. Some countries have accused Chinese law enforcement agents of operating undercover on their territory without consent, as part of their Operation Fox Hunt. Of the country’s 100 most-wanted corruption suspects who had fled China in recent years, many of whom have since been returned.

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Would anyone be surprised by their silence? Only when you're calling them out on their Bad Manners that they've got something to say.

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CrazyJoe, thanks for the post. One can be corrupt in China if correctly corrupted; otherwise, your disappeared.

I'm worried about this as the economic links from China seem to be soon abrupted. But it is their fault.

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Western countries have also been wary of extradition treaties with China due to concerns over the mistreatment of criminal suspects, and its reluctance to provide proof of suspects’ crimes

Suppose to be one with Australia but it was put off and put off. Not sure now whether it went ahead.

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Roderic Broadhurst, a professor of criminology at Australian National University, said Meng's disappearance would be "pretty disconcerting" for people in international bodies that work with China, and could ultimately damage China's efforts to develop cooperative legal assistance measures with other countries.

That's why ya don't accept reps from China into international authority positions - when such reps could suddenly disappear in China out of the blue, leaving the positions high and dry

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They should never have put him in Interpol.

This was bound to happen. It's what the chinese DO.

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Making an Interpol agent disappear is just another sign of an ever belligerent waking dragon. The rule of law means nothing to these people. You either tow the communist party line or are rubbed out. Once the social points system kicks in you will be erased from memory and never talked about again. Sound familiar?

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It isn't clear to me. Is Meng still a Chinese citizen or did he obtain French citizenship?

Do the French think he's corrupt?

We know now that China thinks he's become "too western", so that can't be allowed.

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Problems, the Russians handle them one way the Chinese another. No person- no problem - a time honored method of governing people.

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China is just bad news.

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The rest of the world needs to stop dealings with China, I have long said the west has HELPED way too much to help create the current monster that is the commie Chinese govt! I feel sorry for the Chinese people

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This is the reality of China under the CCP. This is Beijing's vision for what they believe how a "superpower" should be. They want to apply this "idealism" of theirs to the rest of Asia (for now). And as I've said before, the Western democratic nations helped this come to pass. They kept feeding China money to hope that economic power would change the governments perspective towards a free and democratic China, but instead it only empowered the authoritarian government the CCP inflicts on the world today.

Time to cut them loose and let them sink of their own accord until they act differently. First step is to allow all the citizens in China to have free speech and say over the government by voting... Allowing Taiwan and Hong Kong political parties be available for the people to choose from instead of a select few in the CCP that only "elect" another chosen few for the "party".

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The only law the CCP recognises is their own will, and that blows with the political wind.

Trying to bring China onboard with international organisations will at best fail and at worst corrupt the ideals of the organisations.

This is a more blatant and internationally noticeable example of what the citizens of that Comunist Paradise have to endure all their lives. Normally hidden under a blanket of state security silence, but this time the can’t control all the media.

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Chinese people dont think anything is bad in China. Most of them are doing better than ever before, which means their govt is working great.

If youve never had free speech, freedom of travel, open elections, and arent targeted by the police, I suppose life in China today would seem reasonably nice most of the time. The govt is trying to deal with pollution, corruption, safety for childrens food and toys, etc.

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20 or so years ago the world began feeding this monster. First they gave them jobs with a lot of technology know-how. What they didn’t get they took. Greedy, unsatisfied and bullies. What self righteous egos! Anyway, it seems they have another thing coming to them. The show is yet to start.

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A useful reminder that China is another ex-communist bully state, rather like its neighbor.

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Totally agree and the only country trying to put them back in line is the US. Others have to start now.

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China wants to be seen favorably on the world stage, but refuses to act in accordance with Western norms. For instance, "disappearing" one's political opponents is frowned upon in the West, but considered normal in places like China and Russia.

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