If Taiwanese arrested overseas are sent to China to stand trial in the "Taiwan and China, Each Side Is a Country" scenario, Hong Kongers arrested overseas can also be sent to China to stand trial in the "One Country, Two Systems" scenario.
Taiwan Protests Philippines Extradition
Taipei Times February 3, 2011
Fourteen Taiwanese and 10 Chinese were arrested in Manila during a racketeering raid. All 24 were sent to China to stand trial, as the Beijing regime had demanded.
Taiwan yesterday lodged a protest with Manila, threatening to re-examine bilateral relations after Philippine authorities allegedly ignored Taiwan¡¦s request not to send 14 Taiwanese citizens suspected of involvement in an international fraud ring to stand trial in China.
Taiwan said the Philippine government had violated legal procedures and international law by deporting the 14 Taiwanese citizens to China.
The ring¡¦s victims are believed to be Chinese, with the gang netting NT$600 million (US$20.6 million) from their swindles. Beijing asked Manila to extradite all 24 suspects to China in accordance with an extradition treaty signed between the two countries in 2001, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
A representative of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Philippines has visited the 14 Taiwanese several times after learning of the extradition and firmly requested Manila return them to Taiwan for trial, it said.
Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned Antonio Basilio, the representative of the Philippines in Taiwan, and his deputy, Carlo Aquino, twice to express its position.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines had obtained a restraining order from the appeals court in Manila in an attempt to block the deportation and request the release of the Taiwanese. Nevertheless, Manila deported all 24 suspects to China yesterday, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
In addition to lodging a strong protest with the Philippine government, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Representative to the Philippines Donald Lee (§õ¶Ç³q) had written a letter to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.
Taiwan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Shen Ssu-tsun (¨H´µ²E) also summoned Carlo Aquino yesterday morning to lodge a protest and notify him that the ministry would re-examine all exchanges with the Philippines.