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China's arrest of Interpol chief hindrance to its global ambitions

Lack of due process may hurt future bids to get Chinese into top posts in international bodies

China's arrest of Interpol's president Meng Hongwei may be in keeping with its methods for handling "tigers" (high-ranking officials) suspected of flagrant misbehaviour but the lack of due process may make it harder for Chinese nationals to take up global posts in the future, experts said.

Mr Meng, who until this month was not only top cop at the global police body but also China's vice-minister for public security, became uncontactable suddenly after arriving in China from Stockholm on Sept 25.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2018, with the headline 'China's arrest of Interpol chief hindrance to its global ambitions'. Print Edition | Subscribe