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Taiwan military refutes claims of China's penetration

ROC Central News Agency

2011/08/31 13:20:24

By Nancy Liu

Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA) Taiwan's defense ministry on Wednesday denied claims in an article published in the Wall Street Journal that Taiwan's military has been penetrated by Chinese intelligence.

"The accusation is unfounded and not supported by evidence," said Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesman Lo Shao-ho at a press conference.

"There is a consensus within Taiwan's armed forces that despite the warming of cross-strait relations, China is still an enemy," he added.

Asked if the ministry intended to sue the writer of the op-ed piece, J. Michael Cole, who is also a deputy news chief at the English-language Taipei Times, Lo did not give a direct answer.

The article, titled "Taiwan is Losing the Spying Game," was published in the Wall Street Journal on Aug. 30.

The article contended that China's infiltration of almost every sector of Taiwanese society had become a factor in U.S. decisions whether or not to sell advanced weaponry to Taiwan.

Among the examples given of how China has seeped into Taiwan's military were retired generals being entertained by counterparts in the People's Liberation Army and the compromising of the Po Sheng upgrade to the military's command and control infrastructure.

"Whether warranted or not, Taiwan is increasingly perceived as leaking secrets like a sieve," it said. "This does nothing to reassure the U.S. government or weapons manufacturers that their technology will not be passed on to the Chinese once it is sold to Taiwan."

The ministry spokesman reiterated that the relations between Taiwan and the U.S. are substantive and established on mutual trust.

He said that the U.S. is still considering whether or not to sell F-16 C/D fighter jets and upgrades of F-16 A/B aircraft to Taiwan.

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