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Interpol president reported missing during trip to China

Interpol president reported missing during trip to China

French police are investigating the disappearance of the president of Interpol during a trip to China, authorities said. His term runs until 2020.

"This is a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China".

FILE - In this July 4, 2017 file photo, Interpol President, Meng Hongwei, delivers his opening address at the Interpol World congress in Singapore.

After being elected as the head of the global policing agency in November 2016, Meng took a particular interest in cyber-crime.

While there are no public allegations against him, Meng, a member of the ruling Communist Party, likely worked closely with former security chief and Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, who is now serving a life sentence for corruption.

Business Insider has contacted the French Ministry of Justice and the Chinese Embassy in London for comment.

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His wife said she hadn't heard from him since he travelled to China on September 29, Reuters reported.

But Interpol has in the past denied this, saying its head does not intervene in day-to-day operations, which are handled by secretary-general Juergen Stock, a German.

But Interpol walks a fine line between its noble mission - facilitating worldwide police cooperation - and the politics and policies of some of its member countries. He had also served as director of the coastguard and deputy head of the Chinese state oceanic administration.

Meng's appointment as president in 2016 - amid Chinese leader Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption drive - alarmed some human rights organizations, fearful it would embolden China to strike out at dissidents and refugees overseas.

Xi has been seeking the return of officials and businesspeople accused of fraud and corruption from overseas, sometimes with the help of Interpol in an arrangement human rights advocates say is prone to abuse. He is not believed to have disappeared in France, where the International Criminal Police Organization is based, according to French media, quoting authorities in France.

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