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President Ma Ying-jeou has directed relevant government agencies to contact mainland China and send Taiwanese representatives there to express Taiwan's stern stance over the sending to China of Taiwanese nationals in connection with phone fraud in Kenya and to handle the issue, .............
 
President Ma Ying-jeou condemned mainland China for extraditing eight Taiwan nationals on Monday. The eight Taiwanese citizens were taken from Kenya to China on April 8, after they were acquitted of phone fraud, although they were charged with illegal entry into Kenya.
 
Police in Taiwan were able to locate three Hong Kong residents implicated in a grisly body-in-cement murder in Hong Kong last month after being tipped off by a woman who was with them, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said Monday.
 
Applications by mainland Chinese tourists for travel to Taiwan fell off by about 30 percent year-on-year from April 1 and April 7, a government official said on Monday.
 
Policy experts urged Washington to make it clear to China that cross-strait conflicts cannot be resolved by use of force or threats, and that the U.S. stands by a democratic Taiwan, according to a report released by a U.S. nonprofit policy organization.
 
Kinmen's importation of water from China will be a good bargain in terms of meeting consumer demand and economic benefits in the outlying island county, according to an economics official.
 
Taiwan should build itself into a global knowledge and research hub with regard to China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), given that the PLA constitutes a serious threat to Taiwan's national security and Taiwan and China speak the same language, a Taiwanese expert on China's military said Tuesday.
 
A cross-strait deal to export Taiwanese milkfish to China has been suspended this year, as chilly weather in Taiwan this winter caused a decrease in milkfish production, according to the Tainan City Milkfish Aquaculture Association.
 
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday said it has taken note of a statement by the U.S. government encouraging Taipei and Beijing to continue their efforts to maintain cross-strait peace and stability.
 
Ma pledges continuing cross-strait peace
The Presidential Office on Friday reiterated President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) commitment to promoting peace across the Taiwan Strait, after the Taiwan issue was raised during a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and mainland China leader Xi Jinping (習近平).
 
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