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A retired Lt. Colonel in the Republic of China Navy has been arrested in Taiwan on suspicion of “spying for officials at the Communist Party in China” and “bribing other officers in the navy for illegal gains” while working at the Naval Meteorological & Oceanographic Office.
Authorities arrested Lt. Col. Chang after “gathering evidence of Chang’s illegal behavior” following a report the ministry received in March, the statement said, but added “there was no leakage of confidential information and [the behavior] didn’t involve any officials currently serving in the navy.” It didn’t elaborate further.
The ministry didn’t make Mr. Chang available to comment, and said he will be tried by a military court, but the date hasn’t been set. The ministry said the two others arrested were also retired military officials but declined to identify them.
In January 2011, Lo Hsien-che, an army general, was sentenced to life in prison by Taiwan’s Supreme Military Court for passing confidential information to China over a period of six years. An air force captain was arrested in February of this year on suspicion of selling classified information to the PRC.
The Chinese government has never renounced the use of military force to take control of Taiwan, which has never been a part of the People’s Republic of China but is nevertheless regarded as a “breakaway province” by the CPC.
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