“Why, hello there handsome. How’s about we discuss cross-strait relations and what it’ll take for Chinese Taipei to drop this Republic of China charade and become the 23rd province? Maybe we’ll even let you be a Special Administrative, rather than a Special Autonomous (HA!) Region, just like Hong Kong and Macau…Oh! Well, well. I can see the prospect of UN representation and legitimate pinyin is already turning you on, you renegade you! Let’s you and I make this One China thing really happen…in bed.”
Surely, this was the conversation that took place to lure Taiwanese Major General Lo Hsien-che into spying for the mainland by a female spy, who had contact with Lo from 2002 to 2005. Lo was given a life sentence in a Taiwanese military high court today, and the case is being called one of Taiwan’s worst ever cases of espionage.
The AFP reports that Lo, the former head of army telecommunications and electronic information department, was indicted in May for spying and accepting bribes from China back in 2004:
“Lo five times offered information to the Chinese communist personnels in exchange for bribes,” the defence ministry said in a statement, adding that Lo had confessed during the investigation and trial.
But it did not specify what type of intelligence Lo gathered for Beijing or how much money he pocketed.
The island’s media claims that Lo divulged information on a command and communications network known as the Po Sheng (Broad Victory) system, a product being sold for $1.6 billion USD by American defense contractors Lockheed Martin.
Lo is being accused of obtaining illegal secrets for the female spy in question while he was stationed in Thailand, beginning to deliver classified information for her in 2004, in return for bribes from the mainland. Lo reportedly still displayed enough loyalty to pass repeated checks, earning a promotion to his current rank of Major General in 2008.
Quite a shame that Lo couldn’t manage to keep his lips nor his pants zipped. Then again, the romantic in us likes to think there really are some women (or even faux-women like John Lone’s M. Butterfly) that are captivating enough to warrant the ultimate betrayal. A Broad Victory indeed!