Combating transnational crimes difficult without Taiwan

John Chen, the Taipei Economic and Trade Office (TETO)’s Representative. (TETO)

Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – As the world community works hand in hand to realize sustainable development goals, there are those who never stop committing transnational crimes so as to bring about negative impacts worldwide.

Therefore, combating transnational crimes should involve all countries in the world, including the governments and their peoples, and other related institutions.

On October 15, 2019 the 88th meeting of the Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) was held in Santiago, Chile.

In a statement received by Indonesia Window on Thursday, the Taipei Economic and Trade Office (TETO)’s Representative John Chen said international crimes were changing every day.

Taiwan is a member of the international community and very often interacts with many countries. Thus, if Taiwan is rejected to participate in the Interpol due to political factors, this would become a major gap for combating international crimes.

John Chen emphasized that Taiwan’s participation was very important in combating transnational crimes.

For instance, the police cooperation on dealing with crimes between Taiwan and Indonesia in 2018 resulted in the seizure of one ton of amphetamine from a fishing vessel in Batam, Riau Islands.

This shows the ability and willingness of Taiwan to investigate and prevent transnational crimes.


Taiwan is an important circulation center for personnel, transportation, trade and information in East Asia.

If Taiwan fails to participate in the Interpol, Taiwan will not be able to immediately obtain important crime information from the international police. This is a loophole that could hamper Taiwan and other countries in the fight against transnational crimes.

Due to political factors, Taiwan has so far been excluded from Interpol, thus hampering the willingness of other countries to cooperate with Taiwan.

John Chen asserted only by including Taiwan in the Interpol, efforts of the world countries to fight crimes would not be in vain.

John Chen appealed for Indonesia and other countries in the world to support Taiwan to participate in the Interpol as an observer and participate in the meetings.

Meanwhile, Huang Ming-Chao, the Commissioner of the Criminal Investigation Bureau in the Taiwan Ministry of Internal Affairs, has written an article entitled “Combating International Crime, Cannot Be Without Taiwan”.

He urged all countries around the world to support Taiwan’s participation in the Interpol.

Reporting by Indonesia Window

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