Mainland China accuses Taiwan of stealing intelligence

CCTV reveals cases in which several mainland students are incited to provide confidential information to "Taiwanese spies". Photo: CCTV

The Chinese mainland has accused Taiwan's intelligence agencies of stepping up efforts to steal intelligence with the aim of "infiltration" and "sabotage," and warned Taipei against further damaging already complicated and tense cross-Straits relations.

Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) on Saturday first revealed cases in which several mainland students were incited to provide confidential information to Taiwan spies.
According to Chinese mainland officials with direct knowledge of the matter, Chinese mainland students who might enter the fields of economics, science, technology and national defense in the future are more likely to be the targets of Taiwanese spies who lure them with money, love and friendship.
Cases revealed by CCTV
When Song Zhe (pseudonym), a Chinese mainland college student, was on an exchange program to Taiwan in March 2011, he was invited to a party where he was approached by a Taiwanese woman who called herself Hsu Chia-ying.
Hsu expressed an unusual fondness for Song after he mentioned some advanced research projects of his faculty. Soon after, Hsu started to invite Song to bars and tempted Song to have sex during a trip.
After Song returned to the Chinese mainland, he took part in a key national research project. Hsu continued to express her love for Song and asked him to provide theses and reports on the project. It was at this point that Song doubted Hsu's identity.
However, when Song refused to provide further information to Hsu, she began to threaten Song. Unable to handle the pressure, Song provided her with research data related to national defense.
According to information provided by the Chinese mainland security authorities, Hsu's real name is Hsu Li-ting, a spy who worked for Taiwan'"Military Intelligence Bureau".
Chinese mainland student Zhu Hui (pseudonym) was about to write his thesis at a Taiwanese university, but was having difficulty in finding political figures in Taiwan to interview.
At that point, Hsu Tzu-ching, who claimed to be a "legislator's assistant" in Taiwan, approached Zhu and helped him contact multiple interviewees that he"never thought he could contact."
After receiving help from Hsu on multiple occasions thereafter, Zhu invited his friend Ding Tao (pseudonym), who worked for a Chinese mainland government agency, to Taiwan for a visit on the request of Hsu.
Hsu told Ding that she was planning to open a company in the Chinese mainland. She asked Ding to give her confidential documents in order to get an upper hand in her business, and promised Ding shares in her company.
Ding gave Hsu five confidential files, for which he was later sentenced to jail.
Mainland security authorities said Hsu, whose real name is Hsu Yun-yuen, was also a spy of Taiwan'"Military Intelligence Bureau" who was active in multiple universities in Taiwan, looking for targets using different identities.
Liu Feng (pseudonym), a Chinese mainland political science student, was approached by Chen Hsiao-Tzu when she went to Taiwan for a trip in 2012.
Chen was very generous, picking up Liu and her friends at midnight at a local station in Tainan and treating them to Taiwan delicacies.
"It seemed like he did not care about money. He did everything for us," Liu said.
Liu realized something was wrong and cut ties with Chen after the latter asked Liu to help him take photos at an aviation show on the mainland.
Chen, whose real name is Chen Tai-yu, was also a spy trying to incite mainland students to defect, according to data released by mainland security authorities.
War of words
Reports of Taiwanese spies stealing intelligence from mainland have angered Beijing, prompting its Taiwan Affairs Office to issue a statement to denounce Taipei.
"The relevant agencies in Taiwan must end such activities immediately," s spokesman for the office, An Fengshan, said on Sunday. "Taiwan's intelligence agencies have significantly increased their theft of intelligence, infiltration and sabotage activities targeting the Chinese mainland for a certain period of time."
"Mainland's national security organs have launched a special campaign to crack down on these activities by Taiwan," he added.
Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council on Saturday evening denied the accusation from the mainland, and called on Beijing not to prevent mainland students from studying in Taiwan.
The council also urged Beijing not to use "political manipulation targeting mainland students studying in Taiwan" and not to make untrue claims about Taiwanese engaging in espionage.
Complex history
Chinese mainland and Taiwan have been governed separately since the end of the Chinese Civil War nearly 70 years ago.
The government in Beijing considers Taiwan, an US ally, a breakaway province that must be reunited with the mainland, by force if necessary.
In 1992, the Kuomintang-led Taiwanese government and the Communist Party of China (CPC)-led Beijing government signed the 1992 Consensus in Singapore, acknowledging that both sides of the Taiwan Strait are part of "one China". 
However, after pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DDP) headed by Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016, cross-Strait relations started to worsen, and several of Taiwan's allies shifted diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.

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