The move occurs weeks after Taiwanese suspects in Kenya and Malaysia were sent back to China.
The News Lens
By: J. Michael Cole
Cambodian authorities on Monday announced the imminent deporting of 13 Taiwanese fraud
suspects to China despite efforts by the Taiwanese government to have them repatriated to Taiwan.
According to Cambodian immigration officials, 13 Taiwanese and 14 Chinese nationals were arrested for alleged Internet fraud on June 13 in a raid at their villa in Phnom Penh. Soon thereafter, Taiwanese representatives contacted their Cambodian counterparts to ensure its nationals were sent back to Taiwan. Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that the Taiwanese officials were unable to meet with the suspects.
“We have decided to deport them to China because they all are Chinese,” an immigration official told reporters on Monday, toeing the “one China” policy of Cambodia, one of Beijing’s closest and most dependent allies in Southeast Asia.
According to Reuters, Cambodia has deported more than 200 Chinese nationals since it launched a crackdown on Internet and telecoms scams in late 2015. [FULL STORY]