On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the ASEAN-China Dialogue, we, Representatives of the leading law enforcement departments from China and ASEAN Member States, gather here in Bali, Indonesia, for the Second ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime Plus China (2nd AMMTC + China) Consultation.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the People’s Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as “the Parties”), note with satisfaction that since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Non-traditional Security Issues, their law enforcement cooperation has steadily contributed toward the maintenance of peace, stability and prosperity of the region.
This Plan of Action is formulated in accordance with the principles and objectives set forth in the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Non-Traditional Security Issues renewed in 2009, and will serve as a master plan for the next three years (2011-2014) for the purpose of promoting all-dimensional and in-depth development of the law enforcement cooperation between the two sides and further enriching the ASEAN-China strategic partnership for peace and prosperity.
The Parties recognize the great significance and broad prospects of their law enforcement cooperation and believe that the two sides should strengthen communication and coordination to jointly work for even greater progress in law enforcement cooperation.
The Parties hold the view that with the establishment of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area and the progress of the construction of connectivity networks, it is necessary to build a law enforcement and security cooperation network that is more pragmatic, highly-efficient and convenient.
The Parties will further enhance law enforcement cooperation within the frameworks of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime Plus China (AMMTC + China) and the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime Plus China (SOMTC + China), and agreed to carry out concrete cooperation in the following areas in accordance with the domestic laws and policies of the respective Parties:
1. Information Exchange
- The Parties will strengthen cooperation in countering terrorism, drug trafficking, people smuggling, and trafficking in persons, especially women and children, arms smuggling, sea piracy, money laundering, international economic crime and cyber crime, and enhance intelligence exchange and information sharing within the limits of their respective laws and policies.
- To establish contact persons between ASEAN member states and China in each concrete field of crime of mutual concern to exchange information quickly between countries.
2. Personnel Exchange and Training
- Law enforcement officials from ASEAN and China will continue to strengthen people-to-people exchanges through mutual visits, correspondence and meetings at the sidelines of major global and regional conferences, and exchange views on major law enforcement and security issues.
- The Parties shall advance visit exchange of officials with the commanding knowledge on transnational crime and security issues in relevant sectors to share experiences and best practices on law enforcement cooperation and establish working meeting mechanisms (Director-General level) in areas of common interest such as countering terrorism, terrorism financing, people smuggling, cyber crime, trafficking in illegal drugs and trafficking in persons, especially women and children.
- The Parties will strengthen cooperation through exchange of visits by law enforcement officers in the capital cities of the ASEAN Member States and China, and encourage closer interaction between law enforcement authorities in Guangxi Autonomous Region and the provinces of Yunnan, Guangdong, Fujian and Hainan of China with their ASEAN counterparts.
- China will organize and host training courses for 300 law enforcement officers from ASEAN Member States every year to enhance the capacity of Member States in drug control, forensic sciences, immigration administration, cyber crime investigation and crackdown on telecommunications fraud and advance relevant cooperation between participating countries.
- The Parties shall strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the information technology (IT) development and other areas of high-technology police application in raising the efficiency and effectiveness of professional work of both sides.
- The Parties shall promote cooperation among law enforcement training institutions.
- China shall continue to provide police assistance particularly in the field of capacity building to the least developed ASEAN Member States within the realm of its capability at the request of the respective countries.
3. Law Enforcement Cooperation
- The Parties shall work actively together in joint operations, investigation of criminal cases, evidence gathering, tracing of crime proceeds, prosecution, apprehension and repatriation of criminal fugitive suspects as well as other practical law enforcement cooperation to share experiences, improve operational capability and effectively crack down on transnational crimes, within the limits of their respective laws and policies.
- The Parties shall seek to establish a focal point network on emergency management in order to enhance coordination and collaboration among different parties to provide appropriate response to transnational crimes and incidents in the region.
- In the view of damage to the safety of people’s property caused by criminal cases of transnational telecommunications fraud in the region in recent years, the Parties shall jointly explore effective measures to combat telecommunications fraud through intensified exchanges of information intelligence and experiences among their law enforcement.
- The Parties shall step up their law enforcement cooperation to effectively prevent and eradicate illicit drugs and its cultivation and carry out joint law enforcement operations on drug control in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Non-traditional Security Issues.
- In accordance with respective domestic laws and policies, the Parties will strengthen criminal investigation cooperation; encourage the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements between ASEAN Member States and China, and advance cooperation within the existing frameworks at appropriate times.
- The Parties shall mutually share experience and lessons learned from past security maintenance cooperation in major events including the Beijing Olympic Games, the Shanghai Expo, the Guangzhou Asian Games and the Shenzhen Universiade, and intensify security exchanges and cooperation in future major events.
4. Joint Research
The Parties shall expand network of contacts and mutual visits among relevant experts and scholars to support joint research and share research findings in the field of non-traditional security issues.
5. Review Mechanisms
The Parties will hold regular review of the Plan of Action, through the ASEAN Plus China Senior Officials Meeting, to ensure the needs of both sides are met, and emerging and urgent areas of cooperation will be included in light of evolving regional and global environment.
6. Institutional Arrangement
- Relevant agencies and departments of ASEAN Member States and China will, with the assistance of the ASEAN Secretariat, jointly implement various actions and measures laid out by the Plan of Action.
Contact Point of China:
International Cooperation Department,
Ministry of Public Security
- Contact Point of ASEAN:
Political Security Community Department,
Political and Security Directorate,
In accordance with the annual cooperation plan, the expenses of international travels for the purpose of the workshops, training courses and other cooperation projects organized by The Government of the People’s Republic of China shall be borne by the sending country. The Government of the People’s Republic of China shall be responsible for other expenses, including those for transport and accommodation in China as well as payments to lecturers, unless otherwise agreed upon by the Parties. Expenses related to the workshops, training courses and other projects organized by ASEAN Member States according to the Plan of Action shall be determined by the Parties on the basis of consensus.
Done on 12 October 2011 in Bali, Indonesia, in two original copies, both in the English language.