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China and US sign law enforcement cooperation agreement

[JURIST] The Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website in English] announced Friday that the Sino-US Joint Liaison Group (JLG) has signed a joint agreement [Foreign Ministry press release in Chinese] at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of US and Chinese delegates in Beijing. During the meeting, the two sides agreed to cooperate and offer mutual legal assistance in the areas of illegal immigration, the extradition of fugitives, intellectual property infringement, anti-narcotics operations, and trans-national crime. The signing of the agreement also resulted in the institutionalization of the JLG and the establishment of regular yearly meetings. The JLG was originally conceived by the Clinton administration in 1998 and is headed by Liu Zhenmin of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Elizabeth Verville of the US State Department. Xinhua has more.

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