OK, everyone is taking this one with a stride as allegedly these guys are not exactly angels. But seriously, AK-47s and tear gas?!
[quote]Taipei, April 12 (CNA) Taiwan is indignant that Kenya police brandished submachine guns and tear gas to force 37 Taiwan nationals suspected of phone fraud to board a plane bound for China on Tuesday.
Considering the move a violation of Taiwan’s jurisdiction over its nationals, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs lodged a strong protest to Nairobi after its efforts to block the move failed.
It came just days after Kenya handed over eight Taiwan nationals, who were acquitted by a Kenyan court of operating telecommunications equipment without a license on April 5, to China by putting them on a China Southern Airlines flight to China on April 8.
[quote]Taiwan has accused China of “extrajudicial abduction” after eight Taiwanese acquitted of fraud in Kenya were deported to mainland China.
They were among a group of suspects acquitted in Kenya last week.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry says they were forcibly put on a China-bound plane and has demanded their release.
China has not responded in detail to the allegations, but has criticised Taiwan for not considering itself as part of “one China”.
The incident comes as cross-strait relations are feared to be entering a rocky period, say the BBC’s Cindy Sui in Taipei.
On Monday, Taiwan’s foreign affairs ministry accused Chinese officials of “obstructions”, including delaying the court order and preventing Taiwan’s representative from reaching the acquitted.
It said China’s actions amounted to an “uncivilised act of extrajudicial abduction” which represents a “gross violation of basic human rights.”
In response to a reporter’s question on the matter, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said: “I might need further understanding of the exact details of the case, but in principle, countries which follow the ‘one China’ principle are worthy of approval.”
Beijing has refused to have dialogue with Taiwan’s incoming President Tsai Ing-wen unless she recognises the two sides as part of one country.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s current President Ma Ying-jeou held historic but largely symbolic talks in Singapore last November, the first between China and Taiwan’s leaders in more than 60 years.
This is how the party got started:
[quote]Kenyan authorities in November 2014 arrested 28 Taiwanese and 49 other ethnic Chinese on charges of illegally entering Kenya and involvement in a telecoms scam, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
It said 37 of the suspects including 23 Taiwanese were found not guilty by the High Court in Kenya Tuesday last week.
But Kenyan authorities last Friday deported eight of the Taiwanese to China rather than to Taiwan in response to pressure from Beijing, the ministry said.
This came as police took to court 41 more foreigners- 22 Chinese and 19- Taiwanese nationals arrested in a house for similar charges of trying to set up an illegal command centre.
The foreigners who had arrived in Nairobi as tourists were setting up the command centre in a house in Runda for cybycrimes before they were nabbed last Friday, the day the other eight Taiwanese were being deported.
standardmedia.co.ke/article/ … from-kenya
Between this and the row over disputed Pacific islands, it is going to be a bumpy ride to May 20th…