By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed that two of
its senior intelligence agents kidnapped and held by China for the past nine years have been released and repatriated to Taiwan in October in exchange for one of its own, reports said Monday.
The spy swap marked the first of its kind across the Taiwan Strait following the meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore last month.
“The two agents have since returned from Beijing on October 13 after a unilateral agreement reached on both sides,” ministry spokesman Major General David Lo confirmed in the morning, citing that Hong Kong national Li Zhihao, who was serving a life sentence for espionage in Taiwan, had his request for a parole granted and was also released in late October after spending 16 years in jail. [FULL STORY]