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Talk of the Day -- More fugitives to be sent back from China?

Talk of the Day -- More fugitives to be sent back from China?

A number of most wanted Taiwanese economic crime fugitives are known to be hiding out in China. Because of the absence of any cooperative agreement between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait on prevention of money laundering, Taiwan's law enforcement authorities have had difficulty bringing such fugitives to justice. But with cross-strait cooperation in crime-fighting having become increasingly common in recent years, several notorious economic criminals or suspects have been apprehended and brought back to Taiwan recently. Local media reports said China is likely to sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in fighting money laundering similar to that Taiwan has signed with the United States and European countries. On general development in cross-strait relations in the new year, government officials and political analysts largely agree that bilateral engagements are entering a "deep-water zone" with problems gradually emerging. Some experts said the extent of mutual trust will determine the depth and scope of future cross-strait cooperation. The following are excerpts from special reports in the Monday edition of the United Daily News on possible developments in cross-strait ties in the year 2013: The Bureau of Investigation under the Ministry of Justice sent a delegation to visit China earlier this month to get updated information about cross-strait money laundering and other criminal dealings. The delegation, headed by Wu Li-chen, the bureau's deputy director, visited the People's Bank of China and the Beijing Public Security Bureau to explore the feasibility of signing a memorandum of understanding on joint efforts in cracking down on money laundering cooperation. Sources familiar with the matter said Wu had met with the deputy head of the People's Bank of China's division in charge of crackdown on money laundering. The People's Bank has made goodwill response to the proposal, the sources said. Moreover, the sources said, the Beijing Public Security Bureau, which is responsible for repatriation of fugitive Taiwanese criminals, has agreed to allow Taiwan's Investigation Bureau to make direct contact with public security bureaus in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong -- the five most popular hideouts for Taiwanese fugitives -- to speed up crime-fighting operation. According to the sources, Beijing public security officials had told Wu that a notorious Taiwanese fugitive would be deported in the near future. Meanwhile, Straits Exchange Foundation Deputy Chairman Kao Koong-lian said recently that 2013 is a critical year for cross-strait development. "Taiwan will hold a seven-in-one election in late 2014. In such an election year, reasonable discussion on cross-strait issues is less likely. Therefore, the new year is the best time for cross-strait talks on major issues of mutual concern," Kao said in a recent speech. Some political analysts shared Kao's views, saying 2013 could be the best time for the two sides to seek major breakthroughs in bilateral ties. They also noted that whether cross-strait economic talks and engagements will speed up, slow down or retrogress will hinge on the visions and decisions of the top leaders of the two sides. After more than four years of smooth development and signing of 18 cross-strait agreements, Taiwan-China relations have entered a deep-water zone with increasingly difficult and complex issues to be addressed. Kao Hui, director of the ruling Kuomintang's Department of Mainland Affairs, said Taiwan's major political parties' attitudes toward the "1992 Consensus" on "one China, separate interpretations" could affect the next stage of cross-strait development. With China undergoing economic transformation, Kao said, competition between industries on the two sides of the strait has been growing steadily. "The trend has made it more difficult in cross-strait economic talks," Kao said, adding that mutual trust and balance between economic development and national security will determine the depth and breadth of future cross-strait cooperation. (Dec. 31, 2012). (By Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-03-02 06:56 GMT+08:00