November 27, 2022

Chinese agent bribed Taiwan colonel to surrender if war began, prosecutors claim

Chinese agent bribed Taiwan colonel to surrender if war began, prosecutors claim

Chinese agent bribed Taiwan colonel to surrender if war began, prosecutors claim

by Reuters

November 22nd, 2022

Taipei, TaiwanProsecutors in Taiwan said on Tuesday they had charged a senior military officer with corruption and harming state security after they said he took bribes from a Chinese agent to act as a spy and even signed a letter promising to surrender to China.

Taiwan has long battled against what it says is a sustained espionage campaign run by Beijing to undermine Taiwan’s armed forces and sow dissent in the ranks. China views Taiwan as a “sacred” part of its territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.

The prosecutors’ office in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung city said they were seeking a 12-year sentence for an army colonel who had over the last four years received T$560,000 (about $18,000) in bribes from a Chinese agent who was also a retired Taiwanese officer.

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