Taipei--The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) confirmed on Sunday that two Taiwanese were arrested in China in May for alleged involvement in telecommunication fraud.
The arrest was reported on Sunday by Guangzhou Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China's branch office in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province, China.
The report cited public security personnel in the province's Shaoguan City as saying that three suspects were arrested for involvement in 19 telecom fraud cases, including two from Taiwan.
The alleged offenses involve up to 4 million Chinese yuan (US$588,000) and the arrest of the two Taiwanese was approved on May 20, the report said.
The MAC said that after consulting with the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), it learned that the arrested Taiwanese and their Chinese accomplice were accused of telecom fraud.
The arrest was made on May 19, and later that day the CIB was informed of the matter, MAC said.
Officials urged the Chinese police authorities to resume exchanges and cooperation with their Taiwanese counterparts, as such exchanges and cooperation are the best way to crack down on cross-border telecom fraud.
"Do not obstruct police cooperation between the two sides for political reasons," the MAC urged.
On Friday National Police Administration (NPA) Director-General Chen Kuo-en (???) said high-level cross-strait official police exchanges have stopped in the wake of tension between the two sides, although information exchanges and a mutual notification system remain in place.
Cross-strait relations have been tense in the wake of China's efforts to prevent Taiwan attend the annual conference of the World Health Assembly in May, as well as the detention of Lee Ming-che (???), a human rights activist and former party worker for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, since March.
Official dialogue between Taiwan and China has been suspended since Tsai Ing-wen (???) of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party became president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on May 20, 2016, mainly due to her refusal to heed Beijing's calls to recognize the "1992 consensus" as the sole political foundation for cross-strait exchanges.
The "1992 consensus" refers to a tacit understanding reached in 1992 between China and Taiwan, which was then under a Kuomintang government, that there is only one China, with both sides free to interpret what that means.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel