Editorial: 5,000 spies like us

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/03/16
By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwan has been a welcoming place for foreign students, but one recent bizarre turn

In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 photo, a crew member of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy monitors on the deck of the China’s aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, sailing on the East China Sea for sea trials. The Liaoning departed for its first-ever sea trials in the South China Sea, a mission likely to draw scrutiny amid Beijing’s drive to assert its claims to those waters and their island groups. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

of events raised suspicions from the public.

A student from China was unmasked as a spy who approached Taiwanese politicians, officials and academics in an attempt at creating a network to provide him, and his handlers back home in the mother country, with key information about the island.

While the practice seems to have become routine for Chinese spies, his identity still came as something of a shock. Technically speaking, the suspect was no longer a student, since he graduated from National Chengchi University last year and had re-entered Taiwan under the pretext of business.

Public opinion in Taiwan had only barely processed the news, or it suffered a further shock as media reports revealed Thursday that a military police officer who once served as a bodyguard to former Vice President Annette Lu had turned into a spy for China.    [FULL  STORY]

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