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MND declines to comment on China's order to hunt Taiwanese spy

ROC Central News Agency

2007-10-31 19:16:59

    Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) Vice Minister of National Defense Lin Chen-yi declined Wednesday to comment on news reports that Beijing issued an order recently for the arrest of an "Internet spy" working for Taiwan's Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB).

    Lin said the Ministry of National Defense (MND) was not aware of the matter.

    Lin made the remarks while answering questions by Legislator Lin Chin-hsing of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party during a question-and-answer session at the Legislative Yuan after a local newspaper reported that same day that the state security authorities of China had issued a warrant for the spy, identified as Lee Fang-jung.

    The news report also said that Beijing had the Global Times, an affiliate of the Chinese government's mouthpiece People's Daily, publish Monday its accusation against Lee that he masterminded arecent online attack on Web sites of government units, military and national defense research institutes around China.

    The report also quoted an official of China's Taiwan Affairs Office as having confirmed the warrant.

    Asked whether the MND can protect Lee if the report about the warrant is true, Lin said the MIB has protection measures.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)

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