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Rugian
Member
Wed Oct 10 07:01:43
Interpol chief Meng Hongwei may have vanished in China forever

BEIJING -- China's detention of the head of Interpol, the international police organization, is shining a harsh light on Beijing's authoritarian crackdown on alleged graft and disloyalty. Meng Hongwei, a Chinese citizen who worked for years in China's security institutions before heading up Interpol, mysteriously vanished during a trip home and was forced to resign his post.

China has said he's being investigated for bribery and other crimes, but the way they apprehended him was a bold and brazen move by the Chinese government, and CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy says there could be significant consequences.

Some are now questioning whether Chinese officials should be tapped to lead international organizations like Interpol if the Chinese government can simply make them vanish.

Meng was named president of Interpol in 2016 and was living in Lyon, France, where the organization is based. He came back to China for a visit last month and went missing. His wife says before he disappeared, she received a text message from him showing a knife emoji, and she believes it was to warn her he was in danger.

The Chinese government now admits they detained Meng and are accusing him of taking bribes and other crimes.

Interpol says it was not informed Meng was under investigation, and the Chinese only admitted to having him in custody after Interpol demanded an explanation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has led a high-profile crackdown on corruption in the Communist Party. In the past six years, more than 1.5 million party officials have been punished. But it is also widely viewed as a way for Xi to take down political rivals and those he considers disloyal.

In China the courts answer to the Communist Party, too, so Meng's detention is basically the same thing as a conviction. He could even face the death penalty.

http://www...-jinping-corruption-crackdown/

Inexcusable. If Western countries have any respect for the international order, they should punish China with various measures, including tariffs.
Paramount
Member
Wed Oct 10 07:10:31
Why can't China arrest people who are suspected of a crime?

The USA has kidnapped probably hundreds of people, some minors even, and sent them to a Gulag-like camp in Guantanamo, and has not even charged them of a crime.

At least this guy is being charged.


Also, if Saudi Barbaria can murder people abroad then why can't China arrest suspected criminals in their own country? (This "interpol guy" was arrested in China).
Rugian
Member
Wed Oct 10 07:33:12
There goes Paramount defending the greatest enemy of Western values again.

China has a complete disregard for anything outside it's own narrow self interests. It arbitrarily seizes territory by fiat, then builds artificial islands to expand its claims at the expense of its neighbors. It issues predatory loans to its trading partners, and then grabs up their land when they fail to pay. As this incident indicates, it clearly has no respect for international institutions. And that's not even getting into its domestic situation, which is objectively abysmal by every Western standard that exists.

If you think these guys are ever going to respect you and your country as equal partners, you're in for a rude awakening.
Paramount
Member
Wed Oct 10 08:07:17
"China has a complete disregard for anything outside it's own narrow self interests."


Sounds like the USA.



"It arbitrarily seizes territory by fiat, then builds artificial islands to expand its claims at the expense of its neighbors."


Sounds like Israel (but not as violent and extreme as Israel).



"It issues predatory loans to its trading partners, and then grabs up their land when they fail to pay"


Sounds like any bank in a capitalistic country.

And the USA threatens countries and foreign companies that if they do not break International treaties and agreements then the USA will sue them in a US court. Gangsta style.


I honestly do not think that the US is in a position to whine and complain about China, Russia or anyone else. The USA set the standard a long time ago.
Paramount
Member
Wed Oct 10 08:11:21
"There goes Paramount defending the greatest enemy of Western values again."

Yup again. Yesterday I defended Washington Post :) who according to you is a greater threat to USA than ISIS :)
Seb
Member
Wed Oct 10 08:13:12
Do the Interpol chief is still I think holding a serious role in China.

It sounds like he's also done some dodgy stuff in China.

I think the Chinese way of trying to avoid loss of face by having to accuse the official they put in place on the international scene.

It's not working.
Rugian
Member
Wed Oct 10 08:57:24
"China has a complete disregard for anything outside it's own narrow self interests."


Sounds like the USA."

You ungrateful ingrate.

We invaded a continent to save you.

We gave you aid when you needed it.

We protected you from the Evil Empire.

We opened our markets and institutions to you.

We are the most generous partner you could ever hope for. It's high time you recognized our contributions to you, Swede.

"It sounds like he's also done some dodgy stuff in China.

I think the Chinese way of trying to avoid loss of face by having to accuse the official they put in place on the international scene."

When they did finally announce his arrest, they accused him of corruption but also of doing things resulting from his "willfulness," and then bizarrely proceeded to demand declarations of loyalty to the president and party.

This sounds like some sort of power struggle.
jergul
large member
Wed Oct 10 09:31:54
Ruggy
To reform that affair to US standards, he should have been given the right to make a single phonecall.

I think you are just butt-hurt because China is doing a much better job at being the US than the US is currently.

Hot Rod
Revved Up
Wed Oct 10 10:09:28

That is the way communism works.

Paramount
Member
Wed Oct 10 11:19:32
”We invaded a continent to save you.
We gave you aid when you needed it.
We protected you from the Evil Empire.
We opened our markets and institutions to you.
We are the most generous partner you could ever hope for. It's high time you recognized our contributions to you, Swede.”

Okay. I appreciate that. But that was a liberal America who did all this. That America does not exist today. Todays alt-right zionazi America wants to destroy the EU and liberal democracy.
Seb
Member
Wed Oct 10 11:38:35
Rugian:

That's not good. Shows what the US disengagement is doing to multilateral institutions. As the US is gaming WTO, China is gearing up to treat any international body headed by a Chinese person as a lever of their foreign policy.
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