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By: International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT)
The Presidential Office said Monday that claims by Beijing that Taiwan’s intelligence services are recruiting Chinese students studying in Taiwan as spies are “misinformation aimed at undermining cross-Strait ties.”
The statement comes after China’s state broadcaster CCTV and various other news outlets claimed that Taiwan is stepping-up its espionage operations against Beijing.
An editorial in the state-run Global Times explicitly drew the link between the inauguration of Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government and heightened espionage activities by Taiwan: “After the pro-independence DPP took office, the Taiwan authorities dispatched more spies to the mainland, posing serious challenges and adding difficulties to counter-espionage work.” it said.
Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Beijing is fabricating the news in order to raise anti-Taiwan sentiment in China and dampen the development of cross-Strait ties. [FULL STORY]