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Taiwan's National Security Compromised: A Disturbing Case of Alleged Espionage for China


In what has rapidly escalated into one of Taiwan's most serious national security breach cases, an Army major surnamed Ho has been detained on charges of spying for China. This incident comes amid heightened cross-strait tensions and a growing concern over Beijing's relentless intelligence gathering efforts in Taiwan.

The Accused:

Ho, a serving commander at the Huadong Defense Command, is suspected of having provided classified information to a former Army major surnamed Hsiao. Hsiao, who retired in April from a teaching post at the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (CBRN) training center, was questioned on July 31 and released on bail of NT$600,000 (US$18,879).

The Case:

Ho's arrest is part of an ongoing investigation that also saw an Army lieutenant colonel, surnamed Hsieh, detained following raids last month. Seven collaborators in the spying operation have been named defendants, with three detained and four granted bail.

The intricate web of espionage extends across six military camps nationwide and includes serving officers, retired officers, and civilians.

A Broader Concern:

Earlier this year, the Nikkei reported that up to 90% of retired military officials in Taiwan might be providing intelligence to China. Beijing's recruitment of retired Taiwanese military personnel to access state secrets appears to be an ongoing and widespread issue.


The case has serious implications for Taiwan's military readiness, the integrity of its national defense systems, and overall trust within the ranks. The government must urgently reassess its counter-espionage measures and ensure that internal protocols are robust enough to prevent further breaches.


The alarming details of this case reflect a broader pattern of Chinese espionage activity targeting Taiwan's military establishment. The situation calls for an immediate, comprehensive review of Taiwan's intelligence and security protocols to safeguard its national interests.

The combination of active military personnel and retirees in the alleged spying operation underscores the urgent need for a robust internal security mechanism to counteract Beijing's aggressive intelligence gathering.

Source: Liberty Times, Taiwan News.

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