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Highlights:

  • China is creating pressure on foreign govts to expel hundreds of nationals of Taiwan to Beijing
  • Human rights activists described the phenomenon as a “hunt for Taiwanese”
  • China asserted self-ruled democratic Taiwan as its territory
  • Chinese warplanes made 159 incursions into Taiwan’s air defence zone in November

Beijing reportedly compelled the foreign government to deport hundreds of Taiwan nationals to China, according to a new report. The report cited that human rights activists described the phenomenon as a “hunt for Taiwanese”.

Over 600 Taiwanese were extradited from multiple countries to China between 2016 and 2019 in an attempt to “undermine Taiwanese sovereignty”, rights group Safeguard Defenders mentioned in a report on Tuesday. China asserted self-ruled democratic Taiwan as its territory.

In 2009, China and Taiwan accepted that police from both sides would return overseas suspects to their respective territories. Nevertheless, Beijing commenced to increasingly ignore this agreement following the election of Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016.

Safeguard Defenders claimed that Beijing had forced governments to extradite hundreds of Taiwanese mostly accused of telecom fraud to China, despite efforts by the Taiwan government and Human Rights Council to avoid the forced transfer. The NGO remarked that those extradited to China confronted “arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearances, and forced televised confessions”.

On the other hand, Chinese warplanes made 159 incursions into Taiwan’s air defence zone in November as per the sources, which is the second-highest month on record. On Wednesday, the European Commission disclosed a plan to invest 300 billion euros globally by 2027 in infrastructure, digital and climate projects as a better alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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