Couple at center of China spy-ring allegations found in Taiwan and exit-restricted

Taiwan English News
Date: November 26, 2019 
By: Phillip Charlier

The director of a Hong Kong-listed company who was named as an alleged high-level Chinese intelligence operative in an explosive media expose in Australia a few days ago was stopped at Taoyuan International Airport Sunday night, and has been restricted from leaving the country after being interviewed by prosecutors.

Xiang Xin (向心) and his wife Gong Qing (龔青) were named by Wang Liqiang as the heads of a front company working for the Chinese intelligence service, during a media interview by Nine News Network, Australia.

According to Wang’s allegations, China Innovation Investment Limited (CIIL) had acquired or funded “many places – restaurants and IT companies” and had invested in Taiwan media companies, exerting an influence on last year’s election reporting to favor pro-Beijing candidates against the incumbent Democratic Progressive Party.

CIIL had been established by staff of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Wang claimed.

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