Asia Briefs: China issues espionage warnings

China issues espionage warnings

BEIJING • China is ramping up its warnings against espionage in a week of activities to mark the passing of a National Security Law last year, with state media giving rare details of spy cases and a cartoon campaign saying it is risky to date foreigners.

In the latest case, state television described events leading up to the jailing for seven years of a man who gave information to an unidentified foreign power about Chinese military and other ships patrolling islets in the East China Sea, a territory that is claimed by both China and Japan.


Uighur on watch list visited Thailand twice

BANGKOK • One of the three Uighurs on a special watch list visited Thailand twice last month, Immigration Bureau chief Nattorn Prohsunthorn said. Ali Yalcin Ergin, a 36-year-old Turkish passport holder who was allegedly plotting to attack Chinese interests in the Asean region, first flew into Thailand from Singapore on March 18, spent four days in Thailand and then took a flight to Cambodia, The Nation newspaper reported.

North Korea: Let defectors meet parents

SEOUL • North Korea said yesterday it wanted to set up a meeting between a dozen recent defectors and their parents to prove Pyongyang's claim that the former were abducted by South Korea.

Twelve women working in a restaurant in China arrived in the South, along with their manager, earlier this month. Seoul said they came voluntarily, while the North insists they were tricked into defecting.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 22, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs: China issues espionage warnings'. Subscribe