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Malaysia deports 32 Taiwanese to China, draws protest

FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese suspects involved in wire fraud are escorted off a plane upon arriving at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China. Taiwanese officials have protested Malaysia's deportation of 32 of the self-ruled island's nationals to China to face wire fraud charges. The deportation follows the sending of nearly four dozen Taiwanese from Kenya to China last month, a case that has raised concerns Beijing is exerting diplomatic pressure over the island it considers its own territory. The Taiwanese Cabinet, in a statement late Saturday, April 30, says China pressured Malaysia to deport the Taiwanese wire fraud suspects to the mainland. (Yin Gang/Xinhua News Agency via AP, File) NO SALES

FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese suspects involved in wire fraud are escorted off a plane upon arriving at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, China. Taiwanese officials have protested Malaysia's deportation of 32 of the self-ruled island's nationals to China to face wire fraud charges. The deportation follows the sending of nearly four dozen Taiwanese from Kenya to China last month, a case that has raised concerns Beijing is exerting diplomatic pressure over the island it considers its own territory. The Taiwanese Cabinet, in a statement late Saturday, April 30, says China pressured Malaysia to deport the Taiwanese wire fraud suspects to the mainland. (Yin Gang/Xinhua News Agency via AP, File) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

Taiwanese officials have protested Malaysia's deportation of 32 of the self-ruled island's nationals to China to face wire fraud charges.

The deportation follows the sending of nearly four dozen Taiwanese from Kenya to China last month, a case that has raised concerns Beijing is exerting diplomatic pressure over the island it considers its own territory.

The Taiwanese Cabinet, in a statement late Saturday, says China pressured Malaysia to deport the Taiwanese wire fraud suspects to the mainland.

The island's foreign ministry lodged a protest with Malaysia for taking that action despite Taiwanese officials' efforts to negotiate and said the deportations would hurt relations.

China claims jurisdiction in these cases because it says the victims of the alleged fraud were residents of mainland China.