Taipei, March 16 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Thursday denied a media report that 5,000 Chinese spies are currently in Taiwan.
According to MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正), the government has never suggested such a figure.
He was responding to a story published by the Liberty Times on Monday that claimed Taiwan has been seriously compromised by Chinese spies.
The paper said "national security authorities" have estimated the number of Chinese spies in Taiwan to total up to 5,000.
(By Kao Chao-fen and Y.F. Low)