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198 Taiwan suspects forcibly deported to China since April: gov't

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A total of 198 Taiwanese telecom fraud suspects have been forcibly deported to China since April, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC, 陸委會) said during a press conference on Thursday.

Fifty of the suspects were arrested in Kenya, 32 in Malaysia, 38 in Cambodia and 78 in Armenia.

It is inappropriate for Beijing to detain Taiwanese nationals without a pre-established cross-strait agreement for handling such cases, MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said.

The suspects have a right to personal liberty and fair treatment under the law, the MAC said, adding that it would also seek arrangements with the Chinese government for permission to visit the detained suspects.

The statement was made after Cambodia decided to fly 13 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China earlier this week. Another 25 Taiwanese nationals caught in Cambodia were flown to China in June.

The Guangzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau reported Wednesday that it has busted the largest drug trafficking ring this year. The ring was reportedly led by a Taiwanese national surnamed Yang, along with other key members from Taiwan.

Their criminal network extends to Guangdong, Fujian and Jiangxi Provinces in China, as well as five countries in Southeast Asia, in addition to Taiwan and Oceania.

Still No Invitation from ICAO

The Foreign Ministry said yesterday that it had yet to receive an invitation from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to attend the organization's meeting held at Montreal, Canada, on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Taiwan has the capacity to contribute to global aviation safety and ought to participate in the ICAO event, the Foreign Ministry said, adding that the government is soliciting support from countries that have diplomatic ties with Taiwan.

In a legislative session held Thursday, Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) confirmed Kuomintang lawmaker Alicia Wang's (王育敏) concern that today might be the last day that the ICAO would send an invitation to Taiwan.

Since Taiwan is not an ICAO member, it can only obtain aviation-related information and regulations indirectly. Taiwan's absence will prevent the ICAO from achieving its objective to seamlessly connect the sky, the Foreign Ministry said.

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