Taiwan protests Spain deportations of fraudsters to China

19 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

TAIPEI: Taiwan hit out at Spain on Monday after two Taiwanese fraud suspects were deported to China over objections from the government in Taipei and human rights groups, reports AFP.

Returning Taiwanese criminals to China has become a major source of friction between Beijing and Taiwan—and illustrates the island’s isolated diplomatic status.

Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau says more than 400 Taiwanese fraud suspects arrested abroad have been deported to China since April 2016.

Most are caught operating lucrative boiler room style phone scams whose victims tend to be mainland Chinese. Beijing views self-ruling Taiwan as a breakaway part of its territory.