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Taiwan: Cross-strait cooperation in cracking down on fugitives

Taiwan: Cross-strait cooperation in cracking down on fugitives

Apprehending Taiwanese fugitives hiding in China will be high on the agenda of police cooperation between Taiwan and China, the National Police Agency (NPA) under the Interior Ministry said yesterday in a press release.

According to the NPA, Taiwan and China agreed to give high priority to the extradition from China of Taiwanese fugitives wanted for serious criminal cases.

This bilateral cooperation follows recent meetings in China between ranking officials from both sides, including NPA Director-General Wang Cho-chiun, and China's Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu and Vice Minister Chen Zhimin.

In recent years, many suspects have fled Taiwan and taken up hiding in China to avoid arrest by local law enforcement agents. Of particular concern are those involved in violent or major economic crimes.

Furthermore, based on existing frameworks, the two sides also agreed to step up bilateral cooperation in tracking down on cross-border crimes related to drugs, smuggling, fraud rings, human trafficking and monetary forgery, the NPA said.

Law enforcement authorities from the two sides have jointly cracked 17 cross-border fraud cases and arrested 1,245 suspects between April 2009 and the end of September 2010, the agency said.

Wang led a 16-member delegation to Beijing, Shanghai and cities in Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces from Oct. 26 to Nov. 2. He is the first incumbent NPA chief to set foot on Chinese soil.