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Taiwan Quick Take: Passport fraud revealed

More than 60 percent of transit passengers apprehended at CKS International Airport last year with a fake passport originated in China, a spokesman for the Aviation Police Office said on Wednesday. The spokesman said that last year 67 of the 109 illegal transit passengers detained at CKS airport originated in China and were making their way to a third country, primarily the US. Tallies by airport police showed that of the 67 cases, 24 had fake Singaporean passports, 11 used forged Taiwanese passports, and six each had fake Japanese and Hong Kong passports. The spokesman said Singaporeans are allowed to enter the US visa-free, and since CKS airport is known for its thorough passenger checks, those with fake Singaporean passports often seek passage through Taipei in the hope it will make it easier for them to sneak into the US. Of the 67 illegal transit passengers, 23 began their journey in Hong Kong, 14 in Singapore, 12 in Macau and others from various Asian airports.

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