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Taiwan sends clarifying statement over Chinese infiltration

ROC Central News Agency

2011/09/01 16:55:31

By Nancy Liu

Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) The Government Information Office (GIO) said Thursday that it has sent a clarifying statement to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) regarding a recent op-ed piece in the paper that claims Taiwan's military has been penetrated by Chinese intelligence.

The statement, drafted by the Ministry of National Defense (MND), is expected to be published in one or two days, said GIO Minister Philip Yang.

The statement, written in English and two pages in length, not only denies the infiltration allegation but highlights the substantive relations between Taiwan and the United States, according to MND spokesman Lo Shao-ho.

"The accusation is unfounded and not supported by evidence," said Lo during an Aug. 31 press conference.

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

The article in question, titled "Taiwan Is Losing the Spying Game," was written by J. Michael Cole, a deputy news chief at the English-language Taipei Times, and published in the WSJ Aug. 30.

The article contends that Chinese infiltration of almost every sector of Taiwanese society has become a factor in U.S. decisions on whether or not to sell advanced weaponry to Taiwan.

Among the examples given of the Chinese infiltration are stories about retired Taiwanese generals being entertained by counterparts in the People's Liberation Army and the compromising of a joint Taiwan-U.S. project to upgrade Taiwan military's command and control infrastructure.

"Whether warranted or not, Taiwan is increasingly perceived as leaking secrets like a sieve," the article claims. "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," it adds.

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