Taiwanese legal officials are in Beijing for talks on the recent deportations of Taiwanese wire fraud suspects to China from third countries that have caused new friction between the sides.

Justice Ministry official Chen Wen-chi said shortly before the delegation's Wednesday departure that Taiwan hopes to ensure that 45 Taiwanese deported this month from Kenya receive proper legal protection. She said Taiwan wants the sides to cooperate on the case and similar ones in the future.

China claims jurisdiction in the Kenya case because it says the alleged victims of the fraud artists were Chinese and has complained that Taiwan doesn't punish such crimes harshly enough.

Taiwan says Beijing violated a tacit understanding under which both sides agreed not to interfere in the legal affairs of their citizens abroad.