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Taiwanese official under probe for spying for China

Case 'will test cross-strait ties', given his high rank in pact negotiations

Published on Aug 28, 2014 7:52 AM
Mr Chang Hsien-yao, who is protesting his innocence, is the most senior official in Taiwan to be accused of leaking state secrets to China.

TAIWAN'S No. 2 official in charge of cross-strait relations is being investigated for allegedly leaking state secrets to China - the most senior official ever thus accused.

Analysts say the case will test the beleaguered cross-strait relationship, with negotiations for new pacts already proceeding at a glacial pace due to political gridlock in Taiwan and especially after a student protest in March over a trade pact with the mainland.

Former deputy minister of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chang Hsien-yao is accused of violating the National Security Information Protection Act during his time at the MAC, where he worked from 2012 until Aug 16 when he was forced to resign. No specific instances have been cited.

He was also vice-chairman and secretary-general of the Straits Exchange Foundation, Taiwan's semi-official negotiating body with China.

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