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China cuts communication chords with Taiwan

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BEIJING, China - Taiwan’s persistent failure in accepting the ‘One China’ principle has further irked the Asian nation that considers Taiwan to be part of its own territory.> Big News Network

Tensions between China and Taiwan further intensified after the Chinese government declared on June 25 that it has decided to stopped communication with Taiwan.

The announcement reportedly came soon after Taiwan expressed its anger at Cambodia’s deportation of 25 Taiwanese nationals, that were wanted on fraud charges, to China on June 24.

This came even as Taiwanese officials were trying to get them returned to the self-ruled island.

According to reports, 25 Taiwanese and 14 Chinese nationals were deported on a special plane dispatched by the Chinese government. Chinese officials said that the deported individuals had defrauded Chinese citizens using phone calls made over the internet.

Over the past month, since Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen assumed office, China has reportedly suspected that she will push for formal independence. Tsai, however, said that she wants to maintain status quo with China.

Tsai is currently on her first trip overseas as President, visiting diplomatic allies Panama and Paraguay, with transit stops both ways in the United States.

China reportedly has been pushing Tsai to recognise the ‘1992 consensus,’ which was reached between the country’s Communists and Taiwan’s then ruling Nationalists.

Taiwan’s constitution formally decrees that it is a part of a single Chinese nation.

However, Taiwan does not acknowledge Beijing’s claim of authority over it and instead functions like an independent nation. Taiwan has been self-ruled since splitting from China in 1949.

China's Taiwan Affairs Office alleged in an official statement that since May 20, Tsai has not affirmed this consensus.

Chinese spokesman An Fengshan reportedly said, “Because the Taiwan side has not acknowledged the 1992 consensus, this joint political basis for showing the one-China principle, the cross-Taiwan Strait contact and communication mechanism have already stopped."

Rights activists and authorities believe such deportations show the influence China exercises over Cambodia through aid and investment.

China is a key ally and economic partner of impoverished Cambodia. It has provided millions of dollars in aid and investment over the past decade and agreed to write off debts. Cambodia adheres to Beijing's 'One China' policy.

The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry said it had lodged formal protests with Cambodia and expressed “deep regrets” over the deportation.

Cambodia's decision to deport the group comes merely months after Malaysia and Kenya deported Taiwanese nationals to mainland China in April, sparking criticism from Taipei.

Defeated Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan after a civil war with the Communists in 1949, which has never formally ended.

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