It is impossible to weed out smuggling and illegal immigration in Fujian because international crime syndicates are involved, says the province's Governor, Xi Jinping. 'This issue is very complicated because it has an international background,' said Mr Xi, speaking yesterday at the NPC. He said Fujian was seeking to increase co-operation with other countries to deal with people-smuggling. He said a recent crackdown by the Government had lessened smuggling activities for now. Fujian is tainted by the Yuan Hua smuggling scandal. The Xiamen company is alleged to have smuggled goods worth 23 billion yuan (HK$22 billion) into China. Alleged kingpin Lai Changxing is fighting a marathon extradition case in Canada. Various Fujian officials who were demoted after the scandal - although the Government never said their demotion was related - are in Beijing at the NPC and CPPCC meetings. They include former Fujian party boss Chen Mingyi, former deputy party boss He Shaochuan, and former Fuzhou mayor Weng Fulin. Mr Chen is now Fujian's CPPCC chairman. Mr He is vice-chairman of the Fujian CPPCC and Mr Weng a standing committee member. When asked if there would be more personnel changes in Xiamen, Xiamen party boss Hong Yongshi said: 'I don't think there will be any changes in the short term, at least for this year.' On cross-strait relations, Mr Xi said Fujian was eager to use the mainland and Taiwan's entry to the World Trade Organisation to strengthen commercial links across the strait.