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China To Step Up Internet Crime Fighting

BEIJING, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Public security departments across China should conduct deeper research into crimes committed through the Internet, the country’s top police officer said.

Speaking at a meeting in Beijing Tuesday on an operation conducted jointly with the FBI, Chinese Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu said, “Although China and the United States have different judicial systems and cultural values, the two sides share a common view in crime-fighting,” China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Meng said the joint effort in June led to the arrests of several individuals distributing online child pornography in the two countries.

Official Chinese media reported this month the cooperative effort included the arrest of the ringleader of the largest Chinese child porn Web site and the wiping out of the site, had about 100 million users in various countries. Others arrested included those involved in money laundering.

Meng said the case was developed in close cooperation with the FBI through an international police cooperation platform.

Under Chinese law, those convicted of producing, copying, publishing, selling or distributing pornography face 10 years to life in prison, Xinhua reported.

Meng said China will continue to strengthen its law enforcement cooperation with foreign countries and vigorously fight transnational illegal activities, especially crimes committed through the Internet.

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