China opens door to visits to Taiwanese fraud suspects

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/05/11
By: Yin Chun-chieh and Elizabeth Hsu

Beijing, May 11 (CNA) China will allow the family members of 45 Taiwanese fraud suspects

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang

Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang

being detained in Beijing to visit their relatives beginning on May 15, according to China’s Taiwan Affairs Office.

Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) said Wednesday that the relevant Chinese authorities have received requests for visits from the suspects’ family members through the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).

The Chinese side will accept the visitors after May 15 “in accordance with the relevant Chinese regulations,” the official said, noting that China’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) has already informed the SEF of the matter.

The SEF and ARATS are intermediary bodies founded to handle contacts and negotiations across the Taiwan Strait in the absence of official links.     [FOCUS  TAIWAN]

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