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More than 40,000 Myanmar fraud suspects to be extradited to China in 2023 | Headline News

More than 40,000 people have been extradited to China on suspicion of involvement in cyber fraud in Myanmar, Beijing state media reported on Friday.

Online fraud complexes thrive in Myanmar's border areas, staffed by nationals of China and other countries, who are often trafficked and forced to work to defraud their fellow citizens.

The fraud has angered Beijing, a key ally of Myanmar's military junta, which has repeatedly directed the military to crack down on the industry, which analysts say is worth billions of dollars a year.

State broadcaster CCTV said, “Since August, the number of telecommunications and internet fraud cases has continued to decline, and crackdown and control efforts have achieved remarkable results.”

“Thanks to the tireless cooperation of all Myanmar stakeholders, a total of 41,000 telecommunications and internet fraud suspects were extradited to our country in 2023,” CCTV said, without providing details of their nationalities.

The report added that China's Ministry of Public Security “has cracked down on fraud-related criminal organizations that provide illegal services such as online promotion, money laundering, technology development, and organizing illegal immigration for overseas fraud groups.”

Myanmar's military government announced in November that it had arrested two cyber fraud ringleaders wanted by China who operated in a lawless town in the north, and that a third man took his own life during the arrest.

The United Nations said last year that at least 120,000 people could be trapped in fraudulent facilities in Myanmar.

In October, an armed coalition of ethnic minorities launched attacks against the military across northern Shan State, on China's southern border.

Renewed conflict has raised concerns in Beijing, which on Thursday expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with Chinese casualties caused by fighting after reports of an artillery shell exploding after crossing the border. did.

The statement came from a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, who did not say how many people were killed or injured in the incident.

Myanmar's ethnic alliance has captured several towns and border strongholds vital to trade with China, in what analysts say is the junta's biggest military challenge since seizing power in 2021. It points out that.

Last month, the Chinese government announced that it had mediated talks with Myanmar's military and allied ethnic armed groups and reached a “temporary ceasefire” agreement.

However, clashes continue in parts of Shan state, and the Chinese embassy last week called on people to evacuate areas along the border, citing security risks.


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