Taipei, March 13 (CNA) The Ministry of the Interior denied Monday that government agencies have been infiltrated by Chinese spies, saying that it has not detected any such signs.
Deputy Interior Minister Hua Ching-chun (花敬群) said that government agencies have internal control mechanisms for systematic management and monitoring.
"We've not detected signs of having been infiltrated," Hua said in response to questions at a legislative interpellation session during which he was asked about reports by a local newspaper that there are an estimated 5,000 Chinese spies in Taiwan.
The Liberty Times cited an unnamed national security source as saying that infiltration by Chinese spies is serious, noting that 60 Chinese espionage cases have been busted over the past 15 years, with an overwhelming number of them targeting military facilities, and only six targeting government agencies.
But the source that the 60 cases are "just the tip of the iceberg," the paper quoted the source as saying.
(By Chen Chun-hua and Lilian Wu)