Vietnam Pleases China by Sending Taiwanese Fraudsters to ChinaPosted: January 4, 2017
Quite a few media are fond of describing Vietnam as China’s enemy due to the disputes over South China Sea between Vietnam and China, but Vietnam’s action reported by Reuters today in sending Taiwanese telecom fraud suspects to China in spite of Taiwan’s objection shows that Vietnam does not entertain such serious hostility as those media desire.
Poor media, they cannot transfer their hostility against China onto Vietnam. However, they have not to be sad about lots of countries’ respect of the one-China doctrine. They still has the hope that US president-elect Trump will discard that doctrine and cause serious confrontation between the US and China. Some of them are so bold as to predict a war between the two countries.
However, I do not think Trump is so stupid as to hurt US interests by hurting China’s. As far as I know, he is a shrewd businessman and will attach great importance to US interests. He must be aware that win-win cooperation with China will be much better than confrontation.
Two stupid presidents in a row have caused enough troubles to the US. I hope that they will not be followed by a third one even stupider.
Comment on Reuter’s report, full text of which is reblogged below:
Taiwan objects to deportation of telecom fraud suspects from Vietnam to China
Tue Jan 3, 2017 | 10:05am EST
Taiwan on Tuesday strongly objected to the deportation from Vietnam to China of four Taiwanese nationals suspected of telecommunications fraud, saying the move was carried out under pressure from Beijing.
The latest deportation followed a series of similar cases this year where Taiwanese nationals in Kenya, Malaysia, Armenia and Cambodia have been arrested for alleged involvement in cross-border telecom scam groups and sent to China.
The deportations arose from the “one-China” policy of most countries under which they maintain formal relations only with the People’s Republic of China rather than Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing regards as a renegade province.
The four suspects, along with one Chinese national, were arrested in the northern Vietnamese city of Haiphong in December. Despite repeated requests from Taiwan envoys in Vietnam to have the four deported to Taiwan, they were “forcibly” sent to China, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said.
“China said that in this case the victims were mostly in China and demanded Vietnam to repatriate all of the suspects to China (based on a bilateral legal treaty), obstructing our efforts to understand the case and visit the Taiwanese suspects,” it said in a statement.
Taiwan’s China policymaker, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), urged Beijing on Tuesday to open dialogue as soon as possible, saying its actions were unhelpful in tracing the source of the cross-border fraud groups and affected mutual trust in joint Chinese-Taiwanese crime-fighting efforts.
China has suspended dialogue with Taipei since June, a month after pro-independence Thai Ing-wen took office as Taiwan’s president, because Tsai has refused to accept Beijing’s “one China” principle that deems Taiwan a part of China.
According to MAC officials, there are over 200 Taiwanese suspected of telecom fraud who have been deported from third countries to China this year.
Chinese authorities have sought to contain an explosion of telecom crime it says has led to huge financial losses, with callers often impersonating officials or authority figures and preying on the elderly, students or the unemployed.
The fraud has spread overseas, with Chinese speakers recruited in neighboring self-ruled Taiwan increasingly setting up operations in East Africa or Southeast Asia.
(Reporting by J.R. Wu; editing by Mark Heinrich)
Note: This is Reuters report I reblogged here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.