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China-Taiwan conflict: This move looks positive for both sides

Taipei, Taiwan:

Taiwan has begun deporting Chinese citizens for the first time in a year, officials said on Thursday, as tensions escalated following the return of a Taiwanese fugitive to China in a rare act of cooperation.

Police on both sides regularly return fugitives to their respective territories under a 2009 agreement, but President Tsai Ing-wen, who treats Taiwan as a sovereign nation, has been in exile since coming to power in 2016. has become rare.

Beijing, which views the self-governing island as part of its territory, has cut off official communications and increased pressure on Taipei since Tsai took office.

But on Thursday the National Immigration Agency said 21 Chinese nationals who entered Taiwan illegally were on the deportation list. It declined to provide additional details to “ensure smooth and safe operation”.

Local news outlet United Daily News reported that Chinese nationals were set to be evacuated in four groups starting Wednesday.

One of the returnees was a man who managed to cross the Taiwan Strait in a rubber canoe last May.

Taiwan’s government said the latest deportations were the first time since November 2020 that travel was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The process … has positive connotations for normal and orderly exchanges between the two sides,” said the Mainland Affairs Council, Taiwan’s top body that handles China’s relations.

Thursday’s announcement of the deportation comes after China last month returned a Taiwanese murder suspect under a 2009 agreement who was killed when relations were heating up under Taiwan’s then-Beijing-friendly government.

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