By: Tyson Lu, Yang Ming-chu and Emerson Lim
According to military sources, the intelligence vessel belonging to China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) had been spotted in waters 38-75 nautical miles off the coast of Hualien County since Sept. 18.
Its appearance coincided with live-fire missile tests conducted by Taiwan along its southeastern coast on Thursday.
On Thursday evening, Taiwan's Navy dispatched a Ching Chiang-class patrol ship, which has counter-intelligence capabilities, to monitor the Chinese ship when it attempted to sail closer to Hualien, sources said. [FULL STORY]