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China refuses to work with Taiwan on Internet crime

CNA , TAIPEI

Despite Taiwan's hope that cross-strait cooperation will stop Internet crime, China again rejected Taiwan's proposal recently in a working meeting of the APEC forum, a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said yesterday.

According to the ministry official, an officer of the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), who took part in the APEC Telecommunication and Information Working Group meeting held late last month in Seoul, asked Chinese delegates for their cooperation on the issue. But the Chinese side gave him the cold shoulder, underscoring China's disregard toward helping Taiwan wipe out Internet crimes by hackers, the official said.

Crimes arising from computer games have increasingly become the playground of organized crime syndicates, which take advantage of legal operations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, the official said, adding that Taiwan's police have found that China-based hackers, with funding from Taiwan, have systematically intruded into Taiwan's computer gamers.

Most of the hacking cases involving Taiwanese computer game players have originated in from IP addresses in China, the official said, adding that China now is the major source of Internet crime in Taiwan, encompassing business fraud, money laundering and organized violence.

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