By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Kenya is one of the most unlikely countries to have emerged as a player in relations between Taiwan and China. It is not even one of Taiwan’s rare diplomatic allies on the continent, and while some Taiwanese have no doubt visited because of its reputation for interesting wildlife and beautiful beaches, it mostly does not register with the average Taiwanese citizen.
Yet the country now has emerged as the place to undo years of efforts by President Ma Ying-jeou and his Kuomintang administration to present their China policy as a success which has raised Taiwan’s profile in the world.
At the origin of the sudden crisis are dozens of people from Taiwan and China who were allegedly active in the African country perpetrating telephone and online scams, allegedly mostly targeting residents of China.
A local court acquitted many of them, leading observers to believe they would either be allowed to stay in the country, or return to their native country, in the case of 45 of them, Taiwan. [FULL STORY]