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Q9: Some people say that Taiwan already has an "extradition to China law" ten years ago. Is that true?

A: In 2009, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait signed the Agreement on Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Mutual Judicial Assistance to protect the rights and interests of the people on both sides and maintain the order of cross-Strait exchanges. However, knowing the unbalance judicial standards between the two sides, Taiwan has insisted that the signed agreement is in line with international practices on mutual judicial assistance, including the principle of "no extradition of nationals." This having been said, Taiwan nationals will never be extradited to mainland China for trial under this agreement. Moreover, the government actively seeks for Taiwan nationals involved in crimes abroad to be repatriated and stood trial in Taiwan. There is no such issue of "extradition to China" and is entirely different from the amendments of Hong Kong's Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, under which anyone in Hong Kong could face the threat of being extradite to China. Therefore, to say that Taiwan has an "extradition to China law" is a complete and deliberate misinterpretation of the facts.