Implementation of a joint crime-fighting pact between Taiwan and China has not been carried out to its full potential since the Democratic Progressive Party took power in May, Justice Minister Chiu Tai-san (???) said Thursday.
Answering questions from lawmakers in a legislative session, Chiu said that although investigations, information-sharing and regular paperwork processing have carried on as usual under the agreement, there has been a lack of administrative personnel exchanges between the two sides, with none of the mutual visits as stipulated in the pact since May 20.
The Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement, signed in April 2009 under the previous Kuomintang administration, is aimed at bolstering joint crime- fighting efforts between Taiwan and China.
Deputy Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang (???) pointed out, for example, that a workshop for cross-strait law enforcement officers that had been scheduled to take place between June and July has been postponed indefinitely.
The delay has "something to do with" the condition of cross-strait relations, Chen said, but stressed that administrative contacts between the two sides via telephone and fax remain normal.
According to the ministry, Taiwan and China have jointly cracked 185 criminal cases and arrested 8,829 people since May 20.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel