The Ministers of ASEAN and China overseeing the issues of transnational crime convened an Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) Plus China Consultation in Ha Noi on 30 November 2005.
The Ministers reiterated their commitment to strengthen ASEAN-China cooperation to combat transnational crime, as reflected in the 2002 Joint Declaration on Cooperation in the Field of Non-Traditional Security Issues and the 2004 Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Non-Traditional Security Issues.
The Ministers welcomed the progress achieved in cooperation to combat transnational crime among ASEAN Member Countries and between ASEAN and China. They commended the ASEAN-China Cooperative Operations in Response to Dangerous Drugs (ACCORD) for its role in advancing regional drug control cooperation.
The Ministers also acknowledged the achievements made by the ASEAN Plus China, Japan and the Republic of Korea Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC+3) and expressed confidence that the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime Plus China Consultation will complement the AMMTC+3.
To further enhance ASEAN-China cooperation to combat transnational crime, the Ministers pledged their commitment to encourage their relevant agencies responsible for combating transnational crime to establish direct and efficient networks with each other. The Ministers reaffirmed that the cooperation would be in accordance with respect of national laws and on the basis of the principles of sovereignty, equality and mutual benefit.
The Ministers recognised that the efficacy of ASEAN-China cooperation to combat transnational crime depends on the ability and capability of the relevant agencies responsible for this, and decided to prioritise concrete measures aimed at enhancing institutional capacity building and training for these agencies.
The Ministers expressed their sincere appreciation to the people and Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam for successfully hosting the Informal Consultation.