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Taiwan says spying allegations won't hurt ties with China

Published on Aug 28, 2014 6:31 PM
 
Chang Hsien-yao, former deputy minister of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), speaks during a press conference in Taipei on Aug 21, 2014. Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou said on Thursday, Aug 28, that ties with Beijing will not be affected by his government's probe into Chang, a former top negotiator on China policy accused of leaking state secrets. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou said on Thursday that ties with Beijing will not be affected by his government's probe into a former top negotiator on China policy accused of leaking state secrets.

"Cross-strait relations are like a big tree... if a pest is discovered we need to find it and remove it so the tree can develop normally. One pest won't affect the development of cross-strait ties," Mr Ma told reporters. "Since I took office six years ago, cross-strait ties have been systemised step by step and normalised to a certain extent and won't be affected by this incident. Relevant contact and negotiations are still going on."

Mr Ma was asked to comment on the case of Mr Chang Hsien-yao, a former deputy minister at Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council who stepped down earlier this month and is under investigation over allegations he leaked confidential work-related information.

Prosecutors on Thursday reportedly raided Mr Chang's residence and questioned him over suspicions he hid confidential documents at home, reported the United Evening News, citing unnamed sources. A spokesman at the Taipei district prosecutor's office was not immediately available for comment.

 
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