Taiwan has protested Cambodia’s deportation of nationals to China


PHNOM PENH — Taiwan protested Thursday Cambodia’s deportation of four Taiwanese nationals to mainland China who were accused of operating a telecommunications scam.

The four were sent out of Cambodia late Wednesday, with three more alleged participants in the scam set to be departed to China later this week.

The Taiwanese group was arrested alongside 24 Chinese nationals in Phnom Penh last week.

They are accused of running an internet scam that would blackmail women after convincing them to send naked or incriminating photos, according to the Cambodia Daily.

“We deeply regret to see that Cambodia deported Taiwanese nationals to mainland China,” Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Eleanor Wang told a news conference in Taipei.

Wang said that Cambodia also rejected officials’ request to visit the detained Taiwanese while they were in Cambodia.