On this episode of China Uncensored...Taiwan, China, what's the difference?
Hi, welcome to China Uncensored. I'm your host, Chris Chappell. I've...never been to Kenya, and I certainly haven't been arrested there. But I hear their jails are great! Or at least, I presume they must be. That would explain why these 15 Taiwanese citizens in Nairobi, Kenya, attempted to barricade themselves in a jail cell.
嗨，歡迎收看《中國解密》。我是你們的主持人 Chris Chappell。我...從沒去過肯亞，而且我當然沒在那被逮捕過。不過我聽說肯亞的監獄超棒!或至少，我認為它們一定很棒。那就能解釋為什麼這 15 名在肯亞奈洛比的台灣公民試圖將自己擋在牢房裡。
Unfortunately, their delightful detainment wasn't to last. A few moments later, Kenyan police busted the door down, grabbed them, and put them on an airplane, and deported them to China. This China, not this China—even though they're from this China.
And if you're not familiar with the one-China policy that says both of these regions are China, watch this video. And if you are familiar with the one-China policy, you know why this awkward sending-Taiwanese-citizens-to-mainland-China thing is such a big deal.
Here's what happened: These 15 people are part of a group of 45 Taiwan citizens who face charges in Kenya for telecom fraud. They had been accused of defrauding people in mainland China of more than 93 million dollars in a series of scams. I can only assume they pretended to be African princes seeking to transfer funds to unsuspecting victims.
事情是這樣的：這 15 人是在肯亞被控電信詐騙的 45 名台人集團的成員。他們被控欺騙大陸人民，在一系列騙局中詐取超過九千三百萬美元。我只能假設他們扮成試圖轉資金給毫無戒心的受害者的非洲王子(註一)。
Anyway, I'm not saying they didn't commit fraud. But they were acquitted by the Kenyan court—that is, not guilty. Yet the government of mainland China insisted that Kenya send these Taiwanese to mainland China for "investigation." As Kenya's Interior Ministry spokesperson put it, "They came from China and we took them to China."
Now, it's not that Kenyan officials are too dumb to realize that being from China and being from Taiwan are not the same thing. They just want to respect the one-China policy, where Kenya only recognizes the CCP and not the Taiwan government as the legitimate rulers of all China. As the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson put it, "Countries which follow the one-China principle are worthy of approval."
But while Kenya may get a gold star from the CCP, they're actually violating their own policy, because the Kenyan court issued an order to not deport these people. So, why would they do it? Could it possibly have to do with...money?
Now I'm not saying these Taiwanese citizens didn't commit fraud. You may be innocent unless proven guilty in America, and in Kenya, and in Taiwan. But in mainland China, you're only innocent until you're forced to confess on state-run television. Because that's what actually happened.
And if this case is any indication, now it could potentially happen to any Taiwanese citizen accused of a crime overseas, even if they're found not guilty.
So what do you think? Leave your comments, or confessions, below. And please support this show on Patreon. Once again, I'm Chris Chappell. See you next time!
那你怎麼想呢？在下方留下你的意見，或口供。還有拜託在 Patreon 網站上支持這個節目。再說一次，我是 Chris Chappell。我們下次再見!
- 「至少」- At Least
But I hear their jails are great! Or at least, I presume they must be.