(From AFP)

Cambodia said Monday it would deport 13 Taiwanese nationals arrested on fraud charges to mainland China, as Taipei said its emissaries had been prevented from meeting with the suspects.

Cambodia is historically one of Beijing’s closest allies in southeast Asia

The imminent deportations come at a time of increased tensions between Taiwan and mainland China, with Taipei accusing Beijing of “abducting” citizens from countries that do not recognise the island’s government.

A group of 13 Taiwanese and 14 mainland Chinese were arrested by Cambodian police last week for Internet fraud, immigration officials said.

“We have decided to deport them to China because they all are Chinese. The Chinese side has asked us to wait while they work out whether to send a plane or buy tickets for them,” Major General Uk Heisela, director of inspection and procedure at the General Department of Immigration, said Monday. Read More

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