Taipei, July 18 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that the number of telecom and Internet scams in Taiwan have declined significantly over the past several months thanks to closer cross-Taiwan Strait cooperation on crime fighting.
Thawed relations across the strait and hard work by Taiwan's law enforcement authorities contributed to the lower fraud rate but the primary factor was a judicial and crime-fighting agreement between Taiwan and China, Ma said.
In a speech to 450 members of Kiwanis Taiwan, Ma conducted a spot poll on the issue, asking them to indicate by a show of hands whether they had received fraudulent phone calls over the past several years. About 100 of them raised their hands.
When he asked how many in the audience had received such calls in the past six months, 25 people raised their hands.
"There is big difference now compared to several years ago," the president said.
Under the cross-strait crime-fighting agreement, more than 7,000 suspects have been rounded up in mainland China, Taiwan and several Southeast Asian countries over the past several years, he said.
The improved relations across the strait have not only helped Taiwanese businessmen make more money on the Chinese mainland and brought more Chinese tourists to Taiwan, but have also contributed to a significant drop in crime, he said.
(By Lee Shu-hua and Deborah Kuo)