Taiwan’s Election Thrown Into Turmoil After Claims by Alleged Chinese Spy

Taiwan detained two Chinese executives over election influence allegations and proposed an anti-infiltration bill after confessions from Wang Liqiang.

The Diplomat
Date: November 29, 2019
By: Nick Aspinwall   

Explosive allegations by Wang Liqiang, who recently fled to Australia and claimed to be a Chinese

Credit: Flickr/ Office of the President, ROC (Taiwan)

spy, have rocked Taiwan’s election campaign season as it heads into its home stretch.

Taiwan detained China Innovation Investment Limited executives Xiang Xin and his wife, Kung Ching, on Sunday as they prepared to board a flight in Taipei. Wang told Australian media on Saturday the company was a front for influencing elections in Taiwan.

Taiwanese prosecutors questioned the executives on Tuesday and said Wednesday they would not rule out the possibility of cooperating with their Australian counterparts to attempt to corroborate claims made by Wang.

Wang’s allegations reveal a campaign of infiltration in media and universities in both Hong Kong and Taiwan, including efforts to support Han Kuo-yu, the Kuomintang (KMT) challenger to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. China has denied the claims and said Wang is not a spy, claiming he had previously been convicted of fraud.

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