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

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Prosecutors in Taiwan said Tuesday they have charged a senior military officer with corruption and harming state security after they said he accepted bribes from a Chinese agent to act as a spy and surrendered. Also signed a letter promising to do so. China,


Taiwan has long fought a relentless espionage campaign by Beijing to weaken Taiwan’s armed forces and sow dissension in the ranks. China considers Taiwan a “sacred” part of its territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.

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

The retired officer persuades the colonel, who was thinking of leaving the armed forces, to remain in the service so that he can slowly rise up the ranks and act as a spy.

The office said the colonel had signed a letter promising to surrender in the event of a war with China.

Prosecutors identified the colonel as Siang Te-en.

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office did not respond to a request for comment.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the officer was suspected of violating national security and anti-corruption laws and would continue to cooperate with the investigation.

“This case highlights that the Chinese Communists pose a serious threat against us when it comes to infiltration, recruitment, intelligence gathering and secrets theft,” the ministry said.

The ministry will continue to strengthen counter-intelligence education for officers and soldiers and deepen security checks.

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