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MANILA, Sept 29 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine and Chinese governments have vowed to deepen mutual trust and cooperation to crack down transnational crimes, including cross-border gambling, cybercrime fraud and kidnapping.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security (MPS) recently held talks and agreed to continue their regular meetings and law enforcement capacity building to address crimes and other illegal activities.

Both sides also reached a consensus to enhance technical cooperation in drug control and counter-terrorism.

China reiterated its opposition to all forms of gambling and prohibited anew its nationals in the Philippines from participating and investing in any gambling activities by Chinese entities or individuals.

“The Chinese side pointed out that gambling not only damages the normal financial order and economic security of a country but also causes vicious crimes such as kidnapping, illegal detention, robbery, drug trafficking and other illegal activities, which seriously endanger legitimate property and personal rights,” the embassy said.

Both sides expressed concerns over the increasing number of kidnapping cases involving Chinese nationals in the Philippines.

“At present, MPS and PNP are strengthening mutual cooperation in clues investigation, information sharing and case transfer, so as to strengthen joint efforts to crack down on such crimes,” the embassy said.

The PNP and MPS both maintain liaison offices in Beijing and Manila through designated official police attaché.  (MNS)

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