(Senior law enforcement officer and professional interpreter in Taiwan. He is a member of the SGOC and a research associate with Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) in Athens. He specializes in transnational organized crime issues and police/judicial cooperation in East and Southeast Asian region)
Copyright: ECPR Standing Group on Organized Crime http://sgocnet.org/ Publication Date on the Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) on 15 October 2014.
Fighting organized crime (OC) with joint efforts has already become a prevalent practice among different regions of the world. However, if politics became the major stumbling blocks for the mutual cooperation to combat OC, and that would be interesting to see how this security issue can be addressed. In Asia, People's Republic of China (PRC) and Republic of China (ROC or Taiwan) are perhaps the two most peculiar states whose bilateral relations are way too complex to explain in any lengthy articles. Over the decades, contentions about the history and national identities always come into play on both sides, and consequently, they see each other as potential enemies. This has largely thwarted the cooperation in many aspects between them..... Read more