Cambodia plans to deport 21 Taiwanese arrested for suspected fraud to China instead of the self-ruled island.

Gen. Ouk Haiseila, chief of the Interior Ministry's Immigration Investigation Bureau, says the Taiwanese citizens, along with 14 Chinese also arrested this month, will be sent Friday to China because Cambodia regards Taiwan as part of China.

Those arrested allegedly defrauded victims in China using phone calls made over the internet, making them harder to trace.

China claims jurisdiction in such cases because it says the victims are residents of mainland China.

Kenya and Malaysia have also deported Taiwanese internet scam suspects to China despite protests by Taiwanese officials.