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China, U.S. eyed as key partners to combat corruption, terrorism

10-21-2010 16:22 BJT

BEIJING, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- China and the United States are expected to be key partners in combating corruption, terrorism and other crimes, visiting U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said here on Thursday.

The two countries "can and should be key law enforcement partners," Holder told a press briefing after he met with his Chinese counterparts in Beijing.

"We agreed that we will work together to achieve tangible results," he said, adding that "our relationship must be reciprocal" in order to accomplish this.

The Chinese and U.S. governments made commitments to increase cooperation on issues including fighting transnational crime and terrorism when U.S. President Barack Obama visited China in November 2009.

"Both governments must share information in a timely and meaningful manner, and both governments must respond to requests for assistance from the other in good faith and with due speed," Holder said.

The two governments had also pledged to share information on law enforcement issues in a timely and reciprocal manner, undertake joint investigations, and provide investigative assistance on cases of mutual interest.

"There are a number of potential joint investigations currently before us -- in areas ranging from corruption, to narcotics, to terrorism -- in which we have the opportunity to meet those standards," Holder said.

During the briefing, Holder also said he was "heartened" to see that the Chinese government opened a new campaign against intellectual property crimes.

The decision was made at a regular meeting of the State Council Tuesday and the campaign will start from the end of October.

The U.S. official said he was "positive" about the bilateral ties despite some disputes between the two countries.

The two should seek "larger goals" when handling the bilateral relationship, he added.

"The United States and China together might not be able to solve all of the world's problems, but clearly those problems will not be solved without our two countries pulling in the same direction," he added, quoting U.S. President Barack Obama.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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