Formal and Informal Modalities for Policing Cybercrime across the Taiwan Strait

Policing and Society, 2013

21 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2013 Last revised: 7 Mar 2016

Date Written: February 26, 2013


Cybercrime across the Taiwan Strait has become a global issue. Due to the large number of internet users and the special political situation across the Taiwan Strait, the Republic of China (Taiwan hereafter) and the People’s Republic of China (China hereafter) are two countries where malicious computer activity is rampant. Malicious computer activity across the Taiwan Strait has an impact not only on Taiwan and China, but also on many other countries. For example, it has been reported that there have been computer attacks the U.S. originating from computers in Taiwan but controlled by command and control servers in China. It is important to understand current policing measures taken by Taiwan and China against cybercrime; however, there is limited empirical research on this issue. To fill this gap this paper will be based on interviews conducted in Taiwan and China in 2008-2009, discuss current problems and issues that the Taiwanese and Chinese governments face when policing cybercrime. It will also examine whether current existing semi-governmental and informal cooperative measures against cross-Strait crime are adequate in addressing the problem of cross-Strait cybercrime.

Keywords: Cybercrime, Policing Cybercrime, Taiwan Strait, mutual assistance, informal police-to-police cooperation, Guan-Xi

Suggested Citation

Chang, Lennon, Formal and Informal Modalities for Policing Cybercrime across the Taiwan Strait (February 26, 2013). Policing and Society, 2013. Available at SSRN: or

Lennon Chang (Contact Author)

Monash University ( email )

Wellington Road
Victoria, Clayton 3800

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