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MAC CLOSELY MONITORING REPORTED BEIJING SPY CRACKDOWN

2004-04-16 16:05:45

    Taipei, April 16 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) will closely monitor developments in a reported new mainland Chinese crackdown on Taiwan espionage activities in mainland China, a senior official said Friday.

    MAC Vice Chairman Chen Ming-tong was responding to Hong Kong media reports that Beijing uncovered a Taiwan spy ring shortly before Taiwan's March 20 presidential election, arresting at least three Taiwan intelligence agents and several People's Liberation Army (PLA) officers.

    Noting that intelligence work is basically strategic warfare, Chen said that media reports on the issue are usually not factual. "We'll keep a close watch on whether the report has any political implications, " Chen said, adding that intelligence warfare often involves using various ploys and misinformation to divide or sow seeds of discord in the enemy camp.

    According to the Hong Kong media reports, two senior PLA air force officers were arrested last month on charges of furnishing Taiwan with information about mainland China's new generation of Su-27 and Su-30 jetfighters and other military intelligence.

    The Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB) under the Ministry of National Defense declined to comment on the reports, but an anonymous MIB officer said Thursday that his bureau was perusing them and has not yet worked out why the reports claim that senior PLA officers supposedly detained by Beijing were spying for Taiwan.

    Mainland China arrested several Taiwanese businessmen late last year on charges of spying for Taiwan.

(By Sofia Wu)

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