09 Feb '11, 11am

Taiwan accuses Philippines of bowing to China: MANILA - TAIWAN on Wednesday accused the Philippines of bowing to...

MANILA - TAIWAN on Wednesday accused the Philippines of bowing to pressure from Beijing over the 'inhumane' deportation of alleged Taiwanese criminals to China, and warned of retaliatory action. The 14 Taiwanese, along with 10 Chinese nationals, were arrested by Philippine authorities in December over alleged credit card fraud and all were deported to China last week. Donald Lee, head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, which represents the island's interests in the Philippines, said authorities ignored his request for the suspected fraudsters to be returned to Taiwan. 'Furthermore, no prior notification of deportation was given to my office, and the deportation itself proceeded secretly at midnight, which shows no due respect to the government of Taiwan,' Mr Lee told reporters. 'Succumbing to the pressure from the People's Republic of China, this deportation is ve...

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