More than 1,000 Taiwan businessmen jailed in China, official warns

China has detained and jailed more than 1,000 Taiwan businessmen in the past decade, showing it is risky to do business on the other side of the Taiwan Strait, a senior Taiwan official warned Friday.

More than 1,000 Taiwan businessmen jailed in China, official warns
China has detained and jailed more than 1,000 Taiwan businessmen in the past decade, showing it is risky to do business on the other side of the Taiwan Strait, a senior Taiwan official warned Friday.

"As of the end of July, 1,199 Taiwanese businessmen have been locked behind bars in China in the past decade after being charged with evading taxes, illegal operations, fraud and many other offences," said Jonathan Liu, vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, Taiwan's top China policy-planning body.

He said most of these businessmen, unaware of Chinese laws, were framed or set up by locals who ended up taking over their business investments in China.

"This shows that it is risky for Taiwanese who are not aware of the laws there to do business in China and there is an urgent need for the two sides to hold talks and reach an agreement to protect the rights and interests of our businessmen," Liu said.

Meanwhile, 42 Taiwan tourists have been stranded in China after the head of a travel agency they hired ran off with more than 4 million Taiwan dollars (122,000 US dollars), officials of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau said.

The officials said the bureau would help the tourists return to Taiwan.

Taiwan and China have been at loggerheads since they split at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. Beijing considers Taiwan an integral part of China that must be brought back into the Chinese fold, by force if necessary. Taipei, on the other hand, has insisted on its rights to rule itself and has refused to have direct links with the mainland.

DPA
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