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      10-08-2018, 01:38 PM   #108
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Originally Posted by Real Dodger View Post
Interpol Chief Was China’s Pride. His Fall Exposes the Country’s Dark Side.

One question I had, and it may also may have been asked in the posted article:
WTF is a chinese national doing being the head of INTERPOL?!?
Everything about this development is just shady.

He is "disappeared" by the government, without a peep except for a knife emoji (implying danger) sent via text message to his wife right before.
Then, after much French pressure, Beijing finally confirms it has Meng in custody and that he is being under investigation for "corruption".
Shortly after, a resignation letter supposedly endorsed by Meng is released.

So what was he doing as head of Interpol?
Well, details are scarce.
This is the thing about big-brother regimes, there is absolutely no transparency about any proceedings nor are personal details & records of civil servants (if you can even call them "servants") made public, except for the 'facts' they want you to hear.
Everything is shrouded in a cloud of mystery and even confirmed facts can be/could've been manipulated due to centralized control of media so nobody would even know or be able to call into question the validity of facts published.

But let's start with what we know.
Meng has around four decades experience in law enforcement.
He was previously the Director of the China Coast Guard until 2017.

Now, the most relevant piece of information we know is that Meng was previously the PRC's Deputy Public Security Minister (in layman's terms: VP of National Police) from 2004.

Somewhere along the line he began climbing up the ladder in Interpol, culminating in his being elected President of the organization on 10 November 2016.

The above are the only concrete details about his career and life/history.
Note also that many of the dates overlap, as it is common in highly centralized/authoritarian governments for officials to hold multiple posts simultaneously.

So what are the possible motives for Meng's ascension to President of Interpol?
Here's where we have to speculate a little.
Given the scarce details that we have about the inner workings of China's Public Security Ministry and the people that preside over it, we can only guess that Beijing would've had a strong motivating factor to have one of their own men from the Ministry to go on to global position equipped with the tools and jurisdiction that transcends China's boundaries.
In a nutshell, this means that dissidents, for example, that Beijing couldn't touch previously, would now be potentially vulnerable.
That's a reasonable hypothesis.
I have my doubts that Beijing intended to have one of their own people head Interpol for the purposes of combating things like human trafficking or intellectual property crime.
There is almost certainly a political motive.

Which begs the question, why would Beijing compromise this position?
The answer to this is pure speculation at this point, but one has to wonder, that given the above motives, why Beijing would take down their own guy.
One possible hypothesis is that Meng, after ascending to the Presidency of Interpol, either refused to do Beijing's bidding, or has some dirt in his personal life or history that makes him vulnerable, and hence, makes the Communist Party vulnerable, or even, that he has dirt on the Communist Party.
Regardless of the details/blanks we have to fill in ourselves, it's safe to assume that somewhere along the line Mr. Meng not only ceased to become a useful asset for Beijing but also that his continued role as Interpol President also ceased to be desirable for Beijing, and hence, his forced "disappearance" and resignation (under duress) with immediate effect.

TL;DR - We can only speculate due to lack of transparency but there was quite possibly a political motive for Beijing to have Meng in the role of Interpol President. Now, for whatever reason, Beijing finds that role has ceased to become useful, and even risky to the regime's security.
Hence, the need to silence him.
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