Taiwan Investigation Bureau to look at election funding from China

'Fake news' also key area of work for MJIB in run-up to January elections

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/06
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Investigation Bureau keeps a close watch on money from China influencing the 2020 election. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) said Saturday (July 6) it would closely monitor the possibility that funds from China found their way into campaigns for next January’s presidential and legislative elections.

Officials have already expressed concern about China using “fake news” to influence the outcome of the January 11, 2020 elections, but indirect funding was also a risk.

The MJIB has reportedly already set up special taskforces to tackle the different topics, from “fake news” to the funneling of funds into Taiwan, the Central News Agency reported.

However, the service denied it was paying close attention to Chinese purchases of agricultural products from Taiwan. The activity formed a normal part of international trade and would not be targeted for further investigations, according to MJIB.    [FULL  STORY]

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