12 April 2016
Taiwan’s military denied any involvement on Tuesday in the case of a United States naval officer under investigation on suspicion of providing secret information to Taiwan or China.
The Navy is weighing charges of espionage against the officer, a naturalized American citizen born in Taiwan. Investigators believe that the officer, Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, 39, may have given secret information to a Chinese girlfriend. He is also accused of visiting a prostitute, infidelity, not disclosing foreign travel and lying to investigators.
Maj. Gen. David Lo, a spokesman for Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense, said that American investigators had not contacted Taiwan and that he was unfamiliar with the details of the case. But in a news conference on Tuesday, he denied that Taiwan would have pursued such spying.
Under the Taiwan Relations Act, such armaments must be defensive in nature. That means Taiwan is limited in what it can receive from the United States, which could be a motive for espionage, said Wu Shang-su, a research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
“Previously, they have had difficulty accessing technology because the U.S. government has not wanted to provide everything Taiwan requests,” Mr. Wu said.
Still, gaining access to military technology is “not a high priority for them,” he added.
Espionage efforts by China could also be channeled through Taiwan, he said. Taiwan’s military is the focus of intense Chinese spying efforts, and there have been several high-profile cases of officers providing information to China.
“Another possibility is that China has successfully penetrated Taiwan, and they use Taiwan as a cover,” Mr. Wu said.
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Last updated on 13/04/2016