Date
20 August 2017
Hsu Chi Chun (Left), Lin Chao Wei (top right) and Tai Wei Kuang (bottom right) are among the Taiwanese alleged to have tried to enlist mainland students in spying activities. Photos: Huanqiu.com
Hsu Chi Chun (Left), Lin Chao Wei (top right) and Tai Wei Kuang (bottom right) are among the Taiwanese alleged to have tried to enlist mainland students in spying activities. Photos: Huanqiu.com

Taiwan spies target mainland exchange students: report

Taiwan spies have been targeting students from mainland China more frequently following an increase in the number of such students on the island through various exchange or short-term programs since 2009, according to a mainland newspaper.

Mainland authorities have so far discovered nearly 40 cases of instigation by Taiwanese spies, Global Times reported Monday. The students approached are said to be from 15 mainland provinces or cities.

The spies, including names such as Lin Chao Wei, Hsu Chi Chun and Tai Wei Kuang, had frequently approached many mainland exchange students under the cover of providing part-time jobs for them or inviting them to do surveys in 20 some Taiwan universities between 2009 to 2013, the report said.

After getting the contact information, the spies would try to build stronger personal connections and might arrange some easy part-time jobs for those students eager for money to pay the tuition, the report said. According to official regulations, mainland students are not eligible for receiving scholarships in Taiwan, nor can they take part-time jobs.

Lin Chao Wei sometimes pretended to be investment manger or researcher at an organization that needed information on China, on fields such as politics, economy and the military, to support the organization’s mainland business expansion, the paper alleged.

Having struck a friendship, it would be hard for some mainland students to say no to Lin’s requests for help collecting such information, it said.

In one recent case, a mainland female exchange student in Taiwan was instigated into providing such help, the newspaper said.

The student is said to have got hold of some confidential materials by making friends with a worker at a key institution when she went back to the mainland. She allegedly took photos of the materials and passed them on to Taiwan spies through the Internet or even going in person to some Southeast Asian countries.

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