China Says Investigating Taiwanese Deported From Kenya

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 8:18 AM

Chinese reports declare Kenyan authorities are in the process of sending forty-five Taiwanese and thirty-two Chinese who'd been detained there in November two thousand fourteen and April this year to Beijing.

A grouping of Taiwanese, whose deportation from Kenya to Beijing sparked protests from Taiwan'south government, are being investigated by Chinese valid authorities for suspected wire fraud, a Chinese spokesman said Wednesday.

Chinese reports declare Kenyan authorities are in the process of sending forty-five Taiwanese and thirty-two Chinese who'd been detained there in November two thousand fourteen and April this year to Beijing.

Taiwan'south government has protested the Kenyan move and accused China of violating a tacit agreement not to interfere in the valid affairs of Taiwanese abroad.

However, Chinese police have jurisdiction below Chinese law in cases where the victims were Chinese, and it's required to apprehend the Taiwanese in Beijing to aid in the investigation, spokesman for the Cabinet'south Taiwan Affairs Office, An Fengshan, told a news conference.

"Since these crimes were committed overseas and all the victims are citizens from the mainland, the mainland authorities certainly possess the right of jurisdiction," An said. "The valid rights and interests of the criminal suspects will be guaranteed according to the law," he said.

An said Taiwanese authorities hadn't done sufficient to crack down on such gangs led by Taiwanese, which China says have defrauded its citizens and companies of hundreds of millions of dollars.

"They've caused a tremendous loss to citizens of the Chinese mainland. The rights and interests of the victims couldn't be guaranteed," An said.

China says the seventy-seven Chinese and Taiwanese being deported were among a grouping of one hundred seventeen detained in Kenya for running phone scams.

The official Xinhua News Agency also cited unidentified judicial executive as saying Taiwanese police and prosecutors were welcome to visit the mainland to examine ways of boosting cooperation between the sides in cracking down on such international criminal groups. Taiwan'south leading official for relations with China said a grouping of executive would visit by the finish of the week.

The deportations have sparked a complicated diplomatic tussle that threatens to cause further rifts between Taipei and Beijing.

China considers Taiwan as Chinese territory and says that only it can represent the island in international society, although it's softened its stance in recent years in order to avert further alienating residents of the self-governing island. Diplomatically isolated Taiwan has number formal ties with Kenya.

The Nairobi incident could be an indication that Beijing is toughening its attitude again ahead of the May twenty inauguration of Taiwanese President-elect Tsai Ing-wen, who's refused to consent to China'south demand that she recognize Taiwan and mainland China as parts of a single Chinese nation.

Taiwan has also complained about Kenya'south handling of the deportations. China has near ties with Kenya, extending generous financial assistance to the E African nation.

A Kenyan government official on Tuesday denied Taiwanese claims that tear gas was used to force some of the Taiwanese to board the flight to Beijing, although he did declare some of the grouping had resisting being deported.

Some of the Taiwanese deportees have already arrived, but the detention middle in Beijing believed to be holding them declined to confirm their presence, while the spokesman'south office for the city'south police department didn't immediately reply to faxed questions about the issue.

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Associated Press writer Tom Odula in Nairobi, Kenya, contributed to this report.

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