How the Murky World of Taiwan’s Telecom Scammers Is Stoking Tensions With China

Cybercrime suspects from Taiwan and China cover their faces as they leave an immigration center before being deported, Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 16, 2015 (AP photo by Tatan Syuflana).
Cybercrime suspects from Taiwan and China cover their faces as they leave an immigration center before being deported, Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 16, 2015 (AP photo by Tatan Syuflana).

In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, managing editor, Frederick Deknatel, and associate editor, Omar H. Rahman, discuss what Chinese President Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power could mean for U.S.-China ties. For the Report, Tim Ferry talks with Peter Dörrie about a little-covered angle of the increasingly bitter diplomatic sparring between Taiwan and China: Taiwanese telecom scammers who have fanned out across the world to avoid detection, but often find themselves extradited back to mainland China, and more severe punishment, when they are arrested. If you like what you hear on Trend Lines and what you’ve read […]

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