Allowing Chinese law enforcement personnel to be stationed in Taiwan as part of cross-strait efforts to prevent crime is not a finalized plan, although that is what the two sides are working toward, a Crime Investigation Bureau (CIB) official said yesterday.As the Taipei Times noted, reports had been circulating on the net for the last few days:
“So far, we don’t have a concrete plan, but we’re working in that direction,” CIB Crime Investigation Section Chief Chiu Nien-hsing (邱念興) was quoted as saying yesterday in a Central News Agency (CNA) report.
Chiu made the comments in response to a report published by the Chinese-language China Times Weekly magazine on Friday that Chinese law enforcement personnel may soon be allowed to be stationed in Taiwan.
“Let’s wait and see — first it’s the police, next it will be the military,” an anonymous Internet user wrote on an online forum. “Once Chinese police and military can be legally present in Taiwan, it would be like telling the world we’ve been ‘liberated.’”Not just dissidents from China taking refuge here, but recall that independence supporters here are all labeled "terrorists" in China. Now recall the tale of Wang Bingzhang, the PRC dissident now doing life in China. He was kidnapped by Chinese secret agents in 2002 in Vietnam and dragged off to China. If the Chinese aren't going to scruple at taking people from Vietnam... and they have precedent: the US rendition program, our illegal kidnap and torture program. Not merely a US national shame, it also creates a legal precedent for similar PRC activities. The US can hardly criticize the PRC if Tsai Ing-wen disappears in the night.
“Chinese police will soon be allowed to make arrests in Taiwan,” an Internet user with the screen name “cw” said. “Wuerkaixi, Professor Ruan Ming [阮銘], Tibetan dissidents and Taiwanese independence activists will be the first on the list.”
Both Wuerkaixi and Ruan are Chinese dissidents taking refuge in Taiwan.
And don't forget, the Chinese will then have access to all the information that local police have access to, in the very least. That, I suspect, will be far more interesting and useful to PRC intelligence than Ruan Ming or Wuerkaixi. Or even Tsai Ing-wen.
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