Culture Jan 11

China to prioritize fight against organised crime in 2021

The government says it wants to 'eradicate the evil black hand' – eliminate organised crime, triads and criminal gangs; and that move is expected to be popular

China to prioritize fight against organised crime in 2021
China wants to eradicate the 'black hand' of corruption and organized crime under its new five-year plan. File pic: AFP. 

(ATF) As 2021 is the first year of China's 14th Five-Year Plan, the government has announced political and legal work planned for this year. Top of the list is getting rid of organised crime, triads, gangs – to "eradicate the evil black hand". The term ‘black hand’ is the usual way of referring to organised criminal groups.

Xinhua, the state media outlet, said this was a major decision made by the Party's Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core. According to news from the Central Political and Legal Work Conference, as of the end of November 2020, some 3,584 gang-related organizations and 11,119 gang-related criminal groups had been eliminated in accordance with the law across the country.

The number of gang-related organizations eliminated was equivalent to the sum of the previous 10 years. Cooperation with the Commission for Discipline Inspection and Supervision in investigating and handling 81,400 cases of crime-related corruption and "protective umbrella" issues, led to the 68,100 party disciplinary and government sanctions, and the transfer of 9,220 people to judicial bodies.

This is a popular move. 

The meeting proposed to promote the construction of a long-term mechanism for the eradication of gangsters, to consolidate and expand the achievements of the special struggle, and promote the eradication of gangsters. 

The government will crack down on prominent illegal crimes, such as pornography, gambling, robbery, fraud, fake food and medicine, and other issues reported by the public. It also wants to improve mechanisms for cracking down on new types of cybercrime and transnational crimes, and to strengthen rolling investigations and modifications in key areas of social security.

"The normalization of anti-gang crimes reflects the people-centered strategic intent," Wang Xu, deputy dean of the Law School at China's Renmin University, said. As the crackdown on criminals and criminals continues to increase, criminal behaviour is changing, generally to conceal illegal activity.

In related news, Chinese media showed video of the ‘Golden House of Treasures’ in the case of Wang Li, the former chairman of Qinghai Bank who is under in-depth investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Government corruption and organized crime often go hand in hand, of course.

"We must use the high-quality development of political and legal work to create a safe and stable social environment for economic and social development," Zhu Chen, deputy secretary in charge of the daily work of the Political and Legal Committee in the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee, said.

Shang Xiaoyun, head of the Yunnan Provincial Department of Justice said: "Rural revitalization is an important goal and task for the next step in rural development. The judicial administrative department in our border ethnic areas will thoroughly implement the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping and the deployment of the Central Political and Legal Work Conference, and comprehensively apply the rule of law, the rule of virtue and the means of smart governance will further increase the intensity of rural public legal services, so that farmers will have more sense of gain, happiness and security on the new journey of modernization."

Hou Meng, a professor at Renmin University of China Law School, said that Xi's proposal to build a higher level of safety in China was of great significance to guaranteeing national security and people's harmonious life. Political and legal agencies should further improve the social governance system, and strengthen the source discovery and early control of various hidden risks. At the same time, they must give full play to the role of scientific and technological governance, and make full use of 'intelligent' models such as big data to prevent and quickly solve them in advance.

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