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Statement by Mr. Xie Bohua, Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the UN at the Third Committee of the Fifty-Seventh Session of the General Assembly on Agenda Item 100:Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (09/30/02)
Mr. Chairman,

First of all, please allow me to congratulate you on your assumption of the Chairmanship of the Third Committee.  I am convinced that under the leadership of you, Mr. Chairman and other members of the bureau, the Third Committee will surely be crowned with a full success with our concerted efforts.

Mr. Chairman,

The successful conclusion of the UN International Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three Protocols symbolized a landmark accomplishment of the United Nations in recent years in the area of crime prevention.  Having taken an active part in the entire process of the elaboration of the Convention and its Protocols, the Chinese Government signed the Convention on the very day of its opening for signature.  This fully testifies to the strong resolve and determination of the Chinese Government to join the international community in combating all kinds of transnational crime.

The UN Center for International Crime Prevention and the international community as a whole have done a great deal of useful work for bringing the Convention into effect at an early date, which we highly appreciate.  In the meantime, we believe that the international community should conduct more exchanges and cooperation in the spirit of mutual respect and equality and mutual benefit, especially in terms of providing more technical and financial support to the developing countries in capacity building so that the Convention may enter into force at an early date and be effectively implemented.

Mr. Chairman,

Like other governments in the world, the Chinese Government is fully aware of the gravity of the problem of corruption and has placed the fight against corruption high on the national agenda.  The Chinese Government attaches importance to the international cooperation in this regard and maintains that the conclusion of a UN Convention against Corruption will be of positive significance to the prevention of the spread of corruption and to the effective punishment of crime of corruption.  We appreciate the progress made by the Ad Hoc Committee and hold the view that the elaboration of the Convention should take into full account the interests of all parties and address in a fair and appropriate manner the concerns of all parties.  The Chinese Government welcomes Mexico's playing host to the Signing Conference for the Convention.

The Chinese Government welcomes and appreciates Thailand's offer to host the 11th UN Congress on the Prevention of Crime and Criminal Justice.  We believe that this Congress will help enhance the awareness of the international community to the prevention and combat of crime and strengthen cooperation on this matter.

Mr. Chairman,

A couple of days ago, New York commemorated the one-year anniversary of the events of September 11.  The events of September 11 have shown that it is now imperative for the international community to carry out effective international cooperation in preventing and combating crime of all forms, including international terrorism.  The United Nations has all along been playing a leading role in this area.  Given the new situation, the UN's role as the core should be further beefed up.  The Chinese Government stands ready to work with the international community in making unremitting efforts for effectively preventing and combating crime and for safeguarding peace and tranquility of mankind.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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