chapter  8
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Cross- border crime control between Taiwan and mainland


With the onset of intensive economic and human interactions between mainland Chinese citizens and Taiwanese people, cross-border crime has become prominent between the PRC and the ROC on Taiwan. This chapter focuses on the key question of how the Taiwan government has been coping with transnational criminal activities which originate from mainland China. In the early 1990s, cross-border criminal activities such as airplane hijacking and kidnapping necessitated semi-official negotiations from both sides. In the ROC on Taiwan, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) was set up in January 1991 to oversee matters involving the PRC. The MAC is responsible for dealing with the following four major areas shaping PRC-Taiwan relations:

1 fishing-related disputes which include the trespassing of fishing vessels, piracy and labor;

2 accidents such as traffic-related accidents, property loss, and casualties resulting from tourism or business activities by people from Taiwan on mainland China;

3 repatriation of mainland stowaways in accordance with the Kinmen Accord signed between the Red Cross Societies of the two sides (in 1990); and

4 sponsoring training courses for legal experts to recruit more legal talents to handle cross-strait affairs.1