A 10-person delegation of Taiwanese legal officials will begin dialogue with mainland Chinese counterparts today, with the aim of bringing back Taiwanese nationals who were sent by Kenyan authorities to mainland China earlier this month.
President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that the recent decrease in the number of tourists from China is a political matter.
A delegation will head to China on Wednesday to negotiate the fate of 45 Taiwanese nationals being detained in China for alleged telecommunications fraud, Justice Minister Luo Ying-shay said Monday.
Chinese officials deferred the Taiwanese government's search in China for evidence on the alleged telecom fraud schemes, stating they could not receive the investigation team since "internal negotiations are still ongoing and documents were under preparation," said Minister of Justice Luo Ying-shay (羅瑩雪) on Monday.
Premier Simon Chang (張善政) has vowed to proactively look into overseas telecommunications fraud cases involving Taiwanese suspects and Chinese victims and said he hopes a long-standing systematic model can be established to deal with similar cases through negotiations with China, Executive Yuan Spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said Sunday.
A Chinese spokesman criticized Taiwan after the self-ruled island released 20 fraud suspects just one day after they were deported from Malaysia, citing a lack of evidence.
Taiwan's government will send a delegation to China next week to visit a group of 45 Taiwanese fraud suspects, who were sent there from Kenya, and to discuss their release, the Ministry of Justice said Friday.
Taiwan does not need to engage in an arms race with China, but it must have a defensive deterrence capacity, President-elect Tsai Ing-wen said.
Beijing yesterday accused Taiwan of being too lenient toward phone fraud perpetrators, as it tried to justify its controversial extradition of 45 Taiwanese suspects to China from Kenya.1 Comment
China is holding a number of Taiwanese on suspicion of fraud, officials said after Taipei accused Beijing of "abducting" its citizens from Kenya and forcibly returning them to the Chinese mainland.