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Taiwan officials in Beijing to negotiate over deportations

  • Chen Wen-chi, center, Taiwan's head of the Justice Ministry's department of International and cross-straits legal affairs, walks out of the VIP exit of the airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, April 20, 2016.Taiwanese officials are seeking to ensure fair treatment for their nationals who were deported from Kenya to face wire fraud charges in China, a case that has prompted concerns that Beijing is bringing additional diplomatic pressure on the island it considers its own territory.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Chen Wen-chi, center, Taiwan's head of the Justice Ministry's department of International and cross-straits legal affairs, walks out of the VIP exit of the airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, April 20, 2016.Taiwanese officials are seeking to ensure fair treatment for their nationals who were deported from Kenya to face wire fraud charges in China, a case that has prompted concerns that Beijing is bringing additional diplomatic pressure on the island it considers its own territory. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this file photo taken April 13, 2016, and released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese and Taiwanese suspects involved in wire fraud are escorted off a plane upon arriving at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China. A 10-member delegation from Taiwan of judicial and police officials arrived in Beijing on Wednesday seeking to ensure fair treatment for their nationals who were deported from Kenya to face wire fraud charges in China, a case that has prompted concerns that Beijing is bringing additional diplomatic pressure on the island it considers its own territory. (Yin Gang/Xinhua News Agency via AP, File) NO SALES

    FILE - In this file photo taken April 13, 2016, and released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese and Taiwanese suspects involved in wire fraud are escorted off a plane upon arriving at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China. A 10-member delegation from Taiwan of judicial and police officials arrived in Beijing on Wednesday seeking to ensure fair treatment for their nationals who were deported from Kenya to face wire fraud charges in China, a case that has prompted concerns that Beijing is bringing additional diplomatic pressure on the island it considers its own territory. (Yin Gang/Xinhua News Agency via AP, File) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • Chen Wen-chi, Taiwan's head of the Justice Ministry's department of International and cross-straits legal affairs sits in a coaster as it leave from the VIP exit of the airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Taiwanese officials are seeking to ensure fair treatment for their nationals who were deported from Kenya to face wire fraud charges in China, a case that has prompted concerns that Beijing is bringing additional diplomatic pressure on the island it considers its own territory. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Chen Wen-chi, Taiwan's head of the Justice Ministry's department of International and cross-straits legal affairs sits in a coaster as it leave from the VIP exit of the airport in Beijing, China, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Taiwanese officials are seeking to ensure fair treatment for their nationals who were deported from Kenya to face wire fraud charges in China, a case that has prompted concerns that Beijing is bringing additional diplomatic pressure on the island it considers its own territory. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)  (The Associated Press)

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.