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China suspends communications with Taiwan

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BEIJING — The Chinese government on Saturday announced that it has suspended communications with Taiwan over Taipei’s refusal to perceive the ‘1992 consensus’ of the One China policy.

The announcement of the suspension of communications between China and Taiwan comes amid Tsai’s first international tour, as she left on Friday for Panama, Paraguay and the US.

Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office said in a statement released by Xinhua news agency that it has not been in contact with Taipei in regards to Friday’s removal to China of 25 Taiwanese nationals captured in Cambodia – the most recent scene of pressure since President Tsai Ing-wen accepted office on May 20.

“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 has already stopped,” Xinhua reported quoting Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson An Fengshan.

In her inaugural speech, Tsai who heads the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, acknowledged the “historical fact” that there was a meeting in 1992 between China and Taiwan, but said no consensus was reached and neither was Taiwan a part of China, as Beijing claims.

The ‘1992 consensus’, the base of current ties between the two sides, is an ambiguous formula in which both Beijing and Taipei are considered part of the same China, but each agree to interpret the meaning of that China in their own way, for some communist and democratic for others.

The statement comes a day after 25 Taiwanese and 14 Chinese were extradited to China from Cambodia on accusations of telecommunications fraud, despite protests from Taipei.

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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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