Tai­wanese of­fi­cer ac­cused of spy­ing for China

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TAIPEI | Tai­wan’s De­fense Min­istry said Wed­nes­day that an air force of­fi­cer has been de­tained on sus­pi­cion of pass­ing mil­i­tary se­crets to China, the lat­est case in­volv­ing the trans­mis­sion of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion from the demo­cratic is­land to the com­mu­nist main­land.

Tai­wan and China split af­ter a civil war in 1949, and, although their re­la­tions have im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly in re­cent years, they still mount ex­ten­sive es­pi­onage op­er­a­tions against each other.

In the lat­est China es­pi­onage case, the De­fense Min­istry said the air force of­fi­cer de­tained by the mil­i­tary worked at a ground com­mand cen­ter in north­ern Tai­wan. The of­fi­cer was not iden­ti­fied. two pri­vate Pales­tinian TV sta­tions be­fore dawn Wed­nes­day, seiz­ing trans­mit­ters and other equip­ment, the mil­i­tary said.

The mil­i­tary said one of the out­lets, Al-watan TV, is a pi­rate sta­tion whose fre­quen­cies in­ter­fered with le­gal broad­cast­ers and air­craft com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

It said sev­eral trans­mit­ters were con­fis­cated in the op­er­a­tion ini­ti­ated by Is­rael’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­istry.

The mil­i­tary also con­firmed a sec­ond raid at Jerusalem Ed­u­ca­tional TV, a Ra­mal­lah-based sta­tion owned by the Pales­tini­ans’ Al-quds Univer­sity.

Pales­tinian of­fi­cials de­nounced the raids as ag­gres­sion and vi­o­la­tion of me­dia free­dom.

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