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Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand Attends "Symposium on Fighting Against Transnational Organized Crime and Legal Safeguards for the Belt and Road Initiative"

2017/09/11

On September 8, 2017, visiting Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand attended the "Symposium on Fighting Transnational Organized Crime and Legal Safeguards for the Belt and Road Initiative" in Beijing and delivered a keynote speech. Thai Ambassador to China Piriya Khempon and former Chinese Ambassador to Thailand Guan Mu accompanied Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol for the symposium.

Speaking highly of China's "Belt and Road" initiative, Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol believed that the "Belt and Road" construction will further promote the realization of win-win cooperation and sustainable development among all countries. Every country should take precautionary measures to prevent and reduce the negative impact of transnational organized crime on the "Belt and Road" construction. Safety factors should be taken into consideration in the design of the "Belt and Road" initiative, and legal safeguards should be strengthened at regional, national and international levels. Relevant cooperative projects should serve sustainable development and uphold the rule of law, so as to push forward the realization of balanced development.

Director-General of the Department of Treaty and Law of the Foreign Ministry Xu Hong chaired the symposium. Xu Hong pointed out in his opening address that transnational organized crime is one of the most prominent challenges in the "Belt and Road" construction, and is a great impediment to economic development of all countries. In some areas, the close link between terrorism and transnational organized crime poses threats to regional stability and security. Transnational corruption crime undermines social fairness and justice as well as honest business environment. Strengthening cooperation in combating transnational crime has become a necessary requirement and urgent task to ensure the smooth progress of the "Belt and Road" construction for all countries. Experts attending the symposium analyzed the new situation of combating transnational organized crime under the framework of the "Belt and Road" initiative from various perspectives, and put forward suggestions in terms of international law.

Before the symposium, an honorary doctorate degree was conferred on Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol by President of Wuhan University Dou Xiankang.

The symposium was held as a part of the international law events by the Foreign Ministry under the framework of "China-Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) Exchange and Research Program on International Law". The above mentioned symposium was attended by 50 law officials from 35 member countries of the AALCO, non-member state Laos, the Secretariat of the AALCO, the Secretariat of the Africa Union, as well as over 400 teachers and students from China University of Political Science and Law, China Foreign Affairs University, the University of International Business and Economics and Taikang Business School.

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