By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwanese delegation will travel to China next week to discuss the deportation of Taiwanese citizens from Kenya to Beijing, the Mainland Affairs Council said Friday.
The unexpected deportation by the African country of 45 Taiwanese citizens reportedly involved in telecom scams to China has caused an uproar in Taiwan, which sees the move as a brazen attack on its sovereignty.
The Legislative Yuan on Friday passed a motion calling for the immediate release of the Taiwanese citizens, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs worked to prevent a similar scenario from happening with 52 Taiwanese held in Malaysia, reports said.
The MAC said Friday it would send a delegation of fewer than 10 members to China next week for discussions about the case. Earlier, after the MAC had announced its attention, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office had replied with a fax saying that meetings with the suspects might not be opportune, triggering doubts about Beijing’s willingness to take part in talks. [FULL STORY]