Retired Military Commanders Among Three Taiwanese Charged With Spying for Beijing

Epoch Times
Date: December 9, 2019
By: Nicole Hao

A man holds a Taiwanese flag during a flag raising ceremony to mark the 108th anniversary of founding of Republic of China, in Tuen Mun District in Hong Kong on October 10, 2019. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)

Taiwan has sentenced a retired lieutenant general and charged two other men with helping mainland China run its interference operations on the self-ruled island, including attempts to sway Taiwan’s democratic elections. 

On Dec. 3, Republic of China (Taiwan) authorities sentenced former Lt. Gen. Luo Wen-shan to 30 months in prison for having accepted mainland Chinese money to promote a pro-Beijing politician. Also facing charges of mainland espionage are Cheng Chao-ming, chairman of the Taiwan Labor Party, and his son Cheng Chih-wen, a retired commander in the ROC missile forces. 

The three cases come amid growing concerns that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) recruits and manipulates senior Taiwan elites to subvert local politics. 

Weeks earlier, Wang Liqiang, who defected to Australia and is seeking asylum as a former Chinese spy, spoke at length to the media about the CCP’s clandestine activities abroad. After Wang implicated his former employer Xiang Xin and Xiang’s wife Kung Ching as having meddled in Taiwan’s elections, they were arrested in Taiwan and put under investigation by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.    [FULL  STORY]

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