Taiwan seeking release of two spies detained in China
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan has been striving to free two senior intelligence agents kidnapped by China and held for seven years, the island's spy chief confirmed on Wednesday.
Chu Kung-hsun and Hsu Kuo-chang, both colonels in the Military Intelligence Bureau, were kidnapped in Vietnam and taken to China in 2006.
"The National Security Bureau and Military Intelligence Bureau have set up an ad hoc group tasked with rescuing the pair since I took up the present opening in May 2009," said National Security Bureau director Tsai Der-sheng.
"Through different channels, either in public or secretly, we've been working hard to seek their release for the past few years," he said in answer to questions in parliament.