Taiwan General Held As Chinese Spy

New York Times

The government of Taiwan has arrested a general on accusations of spying for China in what could be the most prominent espionage case in Taiwan in decades.

The Ministry of National Defense discovered suspicious activity last year and arrested Maj. Gen. Lo Hsieh-che on Jan. 25, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s Web site late Tuesday. The statement did not give any details on what espionage activities the general might have been engaged in. He was recruited to spy for China sometime during a posting overseas between 2002 and 2005, the statement said.

The Chinese government had no immediate comment on the case.

Although Taiwan is a democratic self-governing island, the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing insists it is part of China and is a “core interest,” meaning China can use any means to defend its sovereign claims to the island. China strongly objects to American weapons sales to Taiwan and has broken off military dialogue with the United States over that issue. At the same time, under President Ma Ying-jeou, a member of the Kuomintang party, the Taiwanese government has been working with Chinese leaders to try to forge closer economic ties.

“Although the situation across the strait is easing, mainland China has never stopped spying on our military intelligence, and it’s being intensified,” the Taiwanese defense ministry said in the online statement. ”Our military staff and civilians should be more alert and improve our awareness of unexpected incidents.”

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