BEIJING yesterday expressed alarm at the growing problem of Hongkong triads laundering money through China, and pledged to stamp it out. A top official also revealed Beijing had taken steps to try to ensure there were no more incursions into Hongkong waters by mainland patrol ships. China's Interpol chief, Mr Zhu Entao, told a visiting delegation of 29 district board members Hongkong triads were laundering money through the mainland as foreign investment. Mr Zhu, also director general of the International Co-operation Department of the Chinese Public Security Ministry, said most of the cases discovered were in southern China. ''The Ministry of Public Security has contacted other concerned ministries and departments about the problem of money laundering conducted by Hongkong triads,'' he said. Mr Zhu said Hongkong triads arrested for money laundering had been involved in drug trafficking and various economic crimes. He reiterated that China would prohibit Hongkong triads from conducting criminal activities and developing sister organisations on the mainland. And he pledged Chinese public security forces would co-operate closely with Hongkong police to catch those who fled to the mainland after committing crimes in Hongkong. Vice-Minister of Public Security Mr Bai Jingfu also told the delegation his ministry had imposed strict regulations forbidding Chinese patrol ships from carrying out anti-smuggling operations on the open seas and in Hongkong waters. Admitting there had been several incursions by Chinese patrol ships into Hongkong waters in the past, he insisted they had all been the result of mistakes. Mr Bai was quoted by Hongkong district board member Mr Chan Wan-seng as saying his ministry was preparing new regulations to ensure all police officers were properly trained. The vice-minister disclosed some of China's 800,000 police officers had not received any formal training before starting work. Meanwhile, Vice-Minister of Justice Mr Xiao Jianzhang revealed the Chinese Government had decided to allow non-Chinese citizens to practise law. He said his ministry had begun drafting regulations that would govern the conduct and business activities ofsuch foreigners. These meant non-Chinese lawyers would only be admitted if they loved China, understood Chinese law and knew how to write Chinese. Mr Xiao said the number of Hongkong lawyers allowed to act as notaries in China - 48 - would be increased by 30 next month. He explained they should love China and Hongkong, have practised law for more than 10 years and should want to make a significant contribution to the mainland.