China wants Tai­wan to stop main­land spy­ing ef­forts

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BEI­JING: China has ac­cused Tai­wan’s spy agen­cies of step­ping up ef­forts to steal in­tel­li­gence with the aim of “in­fil­tra­tion” and “sab­o­tage”, and warned the is­land against fur­ther dam­ag­ing al­ready strained cross-strait ties.

“The rel­e­vant agen­cies in Tai­wan must end such ac­tiv­i­ties im­me­di­ately,” the of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency said yes­ter­day, cit­ing An Feng­shan, a spokesman for China’s pol­i­cy­mak­ing Tai­wan Af­fairs Of­fice.

On Satur­day, state tele­vi­sion kicked off the first in a se­ries of pro­grammes de­tail­ing cases in which Chi­nese stu­dents study­ing in Tai­wan are said to be tar­geted by do­mes­tic spies who lure them with money, love and friend­ship.

The al­le­ga­tions come as China ramps up ef­forts to en­cour­age Tai­wanese to set­tle in China per­ma­nently with new iden­tity cards and other in­duce­ments.

Tai­wan has warned its peo­ple to be­ware of the risks of liv­ing in an au­to­cratic coun­try with In­ter­net cen­sor­ship and other draw­backs.

China and Tai­wan fre­quently trade ac­cu­sa­tions of spy­ing.

In 2017, a Chi­nese stu­dent study­ing in Tai­wan was jailed for col­lect­ing sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion through con­tacts in Tai­wan schools and gov­ern­ment di­vi­sions, and for try­ing to build a spy net­work on the is­land.

Tai­wan started to al­low Chi­nese stu­dents to study at its uni­ver­si­ties in 2009.

China sees demo­cratic Tai­wan as a way­ward prov­ince and has never re­nounced the use of force to bring it to heel, a prospect of which Tai­wan is of­ten re­minded, with Chi­nese war­ships and fighter jets pe­ri­od­i­cally press­ing close to the is­land.

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