Taiwan arrests two military contractors for allegedly spying for China

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Taipei, July 4 (CNA) Two armed forces contractors were arrested recently for spying on Taiwan's military secrets and receiving money from China, the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau (MJIB) confirmed on Thursday.

The duo were busted when the Ministry of National Defense's counter-intelligence department discovered anomalies during a regular review of military outsourced projects, the MJIB said in a rare press statement after local media broke the news earlier Thursday.

The case was investigated jointly by the defense ministry and the MJIB, through the national security mechanism, the statement said.

The investigation indicated that the two suspects, surnamed Chang (張) and Lin (林), took advantage of the nature of their work, which was to undertake military projects through bids, to gather military secrets and confidential information on national security.

Evidence also showed the two suspects received money during their trips to China on undisclosed dates, the MJIB said.

The two suspects were apprehended on June 13 and are currently being held for further investigation.

The MJIB said it will continue its close cooperation with security agencies to protect Taiwan's national security by curbing China's espionage activities on the island.

(By Hsiao Po-wen and Emerson Lim)

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