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A Chi­nese gen­eral re­cently dis­closed new de­tails about sev­eral es­pi­onage cases in­volv­ing se­nior Chi­nese civil­ian and mil­i­tary of­fi­cials caught spy­ing for for­eign gov­ern­ments.

Maj. Gen. Jin Yi­nan, di­rec­tor of strate­gic teach­ing and re­search at China’s Na­tional De­fense Univer­sity, spoke for about 10 min­utes dur­ing a 2 1/2-hour lec­ture, and his com­ments ended up on two Chi­nese video-shar­ing sites and even­tu­ally YouTube.

The gen­eral re­vealed eight cases of spy­ing and said some of the cases were too em­bar­rass­ing or dam­ag­ing for Chi­nese Com­mu­nist lead­ers to ad­mit pub­licly.

After the video be­gan cir­cu­lat­ing widely, Chi­nese sen­sors quickly re­moved it, but a copy re­mained posted on YouTube over the Aug. 27-28 week­end.

Some of the cases had been dis­closed ear­lier, but the gen­eral’s pre­sen­ta­tion, ap­par­ently part of a book-pro­mo­tion talk, pro­vided new de­tails and are said by China af­fairs an­a­lysts to be very un­usual:

Kang Rixin, com­mu­nist to South Korea. He sup­plied se­crets about China’s role in the six-na­tion nu­clear talks on North Korea.

Gen. Jin said Li’s spy­ing un­der­mined Chi­nese strate­gic ini­tia­tives the talks. To keep the case se­cret, China sen­tenced him to eight years in pri­son, not for es­pi­onage, but for ho­mo­sex­ual con­duct and em­bez­zle­ment.

Cai Xiao­hong, ar­rested in 2003, pro­vided se­crets to Bri­tain while work­ing as chief of the Xin­hua news agency in Hong Kong dur­ing the 1990s.

Ac­cord­ing to Gen. Jin, the se­crets helped Lon­don in ne­go­ti­a­tions for the 1999 trans­fer of Hong Kong to China. Cai was a se­nior of­fi­cial in the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment in the Hong Kong.

Col. Xu Jun­ping, a Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army (PLA) of­fi­cer posted in the United States, de­fected while he as chief of the De­fense Min­istry’s U.S. unit. He pro­vided de­tails about se­nior Chi­nese lead­ers and their de­ci­sion-mak­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Tong Dan­ing was ex­e­cuted for sup­ply­ing Tai­wan with se­cret doc­u­ments from Com­mu­nist Party Cen­tral Com­mit­tee on Bei­jing’s plan to ad­just ex­change rates while work­ing as chief of the Gen­eral Of­fice of the Na­tional Coun­cil for So­cial Se­cu­rity Fund of China.

Gen. Jin said Tong’s spy­ing saved Taipei $6.9 bil­lion.

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