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Taiwan faces espionage threat with 1,388 Chinese overstayers

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Release time:2024/06/13 13:15
Last update time:2024/06/13 15:40
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Taiwan faces espionage threat with 1,388 Chinese overstayers (TVBS News) Taiwan faces espionage threat with 1,388 Chinese overstayers
Taiwan faces espionage threat with 1,388 Chinese overstayers (TVBS News)

TAIPEI (TVBS News) — National Security Bureau Director-General Tsai Ming-yen revealed in the Legislative Yuan on Wednesday (June 12) that as of April, approximately 1,388 individuals from China have overstayed their visas in Taiwan and are unaccounted for.

This announcement comes amid growing concerns over espionage activities, with Tsai noting that since last year, 81 espionage cases have been investigated, 39 of which have led to prosecutions.

 

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Puma Shen emphasized the importance of addressing the "Fifth Column" threat, suggesting that the high-risk group during wartime in Taiwan could number up to 100,000 people.

The issue of espionage and the Fifth Column has sparked a debate among legislators.

Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Huang Ren sought clarity on the exact figures, while Taiwan People's Party (TPP) Legislator Chang Chi-kai questioned Tsai's stance on establishing a combat center to counter China's influence.
 

Tsai expressed respect for discussions and suggestions aimed at bolstering national security, indicating an openness to strengthening Taiwan's defenses against espionage and infiltration.

As Taiwan grapples with the dual challenges of unaccounted overstayers and espionage, the government's commitment to national security remains clear.

The ongoing investigations and legal actions against espionage underscore the seriousness with which Taiwan addresses these threats. The dialogue within the Legislative Yuan reflects a broader concern for safeguarding Taiwan's sovereignty and security in the face of increasing tensions with China.

 

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#Taiwan espionage# visa overstays# national security# Legislative Yuan# China influence# DPP Taiwan# KMT Taiwan# Taiwan-China tensions# espionage activities in Taiwan# countering espionage in Taiwan

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