The 24th Bilateral Meeting between the Hong Kong Police Force and mainland authorities was held in Hong Kong last week, led by the Commissioner of Police Lo Wai-chung from Hong Kong and the Vice Minister of Public Security Chen Zhi-min from the mainland.
Lo was accompanied by various officer representatives, while Chen was accompanied by other delegates from the Ministry of Public Security as well as representatives from Guangdong and Shanghai to attend the annually held bilateral meeting.
Both sides evaluated the overall crime situation in Hong Kong and the mainland as well as a variety of issues including police liaison, training, criminal investigations, cross-boundary control and crime. A review of bilateral cooperation in the past year and a mapping of forward cooperation were also conducted.
The past year was a controversial year for bilateral cooperation between local and mainland authorities, particularly with the case of Lee Bo and the missing booksellers. Lee’s disappearance and subsequent actions in particular have drawn criticism and concern as fears of mainland authorities enforcing law in Hong Kong have risen, which Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in particular has previously stated that is unacceptable as it violates the Basic Law.