Daily Caller: Taking Stock Of Chinese Political Infiltration In Hong Kong, Taiwan, And Australia

In Taiwan, Mainland Chinese spies are currently endeavoring to prevent the election of incumbent Tsai Ing-wen in the upcoming Jan. 11, 2020, presidential election, hoping to sideline Tsai’s pro-U.S. governing style. Wang used his communist cyber army to attack Taiwan university students’ Facebook accounts. The cyber spies used altered IP addresses so as to avoid being identified. As Wang noted in the 60 Minutes Australia segment, the spies’ pro-Beijing messages were used to push Taiwan public opinion toward Tsai’s opponent, KMT-affiliated Han Kuo-yu. Wang’s old spy group is still dedicated to infiltrating Taiwan’s media, temples, and grassroots organizations.

There may have been up to 60 cases of Chinese spying against Taiwan since 2002, according to a piece by Aaron Jensen in The Diplomat. Taiwan opened its universities to Mainland students in 2009, and Mainlander Zhou Hongxu studied at Taipei’s National Chengchi University between 2012 and 2016. In late summer of 2016, Zhou returned to Taipei and offered an old classmate, now at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, money and a free trip to Japan in exchange for classified information. In a related case, in April 2016 the Taiwan High Court sentenced former PLA captain Zhen Xiaojiang (鎮小江) for his role in recruiting retired and active Taiwanese military officers to spy for Beijing, according to the Taipei Times.

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