CHINA’S SPIES REVEALED
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.