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.
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC, 陸委會) lodged a strong protest against mainland China late Monday over its "abduction" of Taiwan nationals in connection with a phone fraud case in Kenya.
China has expressed initial welcome for Taiwan to send representatives there to discuss Kenya's deportation to China of Taiwanese nationals in connection with a telephone fraud ring in the African country, Deputy Minister of Justice Chen Ming-tang said Tuesday.
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.