Chinese spying on Taiwan
A military prosecutor in Taiwan on May 20 charged the former director of the Taiwanese military’s electronic communications and information department with conducting espionage for communist China and accepting bribes from his Chinese handlers.
Maj. Gen. Lo Hsien-che is the highest-ranking Taiwanese officer charged with spying for China since the 1960s, when several high-ranking officials, including a vice defense minister, were charged with similar crimes.
The prosecutor in the case stated that Gen. Lo was recruited by Chinese intelligence in Bangkok in 2004 when he was stationed there as Taiwan’s de facto military attache. Dubbed by the Taiwanese press a victim of a Chinese intelligence “honey trap,” or sexual entrapment, Gen. Lo, then a colonel and married, reportedly paid visits to Bangkok’s brothels and was furtively photographed “in compromising positions” by Chinese agents. He then was blackmailed into treason and became a willing collaborator, the prosecutor said, with a substantial financial reward for each of the top secrets he betrayed to Beijing, totaling about $1 million.
Upon finishing his tour in Thailand and returning to Taiwan in 2006, Gen. Lo, allegedly already a paid agent of China, was promoted to deputy director of the Taiwanese army’s international intelligence affairs, dealing directly with his counter- parts in allied countries, including the United States. Gen. Lo’s career was soon boosted as he became the head of the supersensitive electronic communications and information department in the Republic of China army and was promoted to major general in 2008.
Damages caused by Gen. Lo’s alleged espionage acts could be catastrophic to Taiwan’s defense and possibly to U.S. security col-
Damages caused by Gen. Lo’s alleged espionage acts could be catastrophic to Taiwan’s defense and possibly to U.S. security collaboration with Taiwan in the event of a mainland attack.
laboration with Taiwan in the event of a mainland attack. Gen. Lo had intimate knowledge of and privileged access to Taiwan’s air, land and sea battlemanagement systems, electronic code systems and other crucial military secrets. It is also believed that the Taiwan-U.S. joint electronic warfare communications network known as the Po Sheng Project might have been compromised. This is the system Taipei purchased from
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