Spies and Sighs: How China Watches Taiwan
By WENDELL MINNICK, TAIPEI
The news that China used a computer virus to steal files from a Taiwanese colonel’s home computer
has stirred a debate over the island nation’s ability to protect its secrets and its independence from
Beijing, its geographic neighbor, economic partner and diplomatic rival.
Lin Chong-Pin, former vice minister of defense, argues that the recent hacker incident is part of a
larger effort to subdue Taiwan.
“China has established a massive ‘net army’ by recruiting young talent,” said Lin, now president of
the Foundation on International and Cross-Strait Studies, based here.
“This is a proactive implementation of Beijing’s concept on information warfare.
It materializes the spirit of ‘the three wars,’ which the People’s Liberation Army enunciated in
December 2003 in its ‘decree on the political work.’ They are psychological war, the legal war and
the media war.”
Chinese progress in this three-front advance has dampened fears of a military invasion, but cast
doubts on Taiwan’s economic and political ability to stay separate.
Taiwanese students attend Chinese universities and Taiwanese businessmen and even legislators
invest in and own Chinese businesses. Hundreds of thousands of Taiwanese have moved to the
mainland, where communities have created Taiwanese schools, banks and restaurants.
And as contacts between mainlanders and islanders grow, so do the opportunities for Chinese
intelligence officials to exploit them.
“China seeks to rapidly ‘colonize’ Taiwan covertly through implanting of agents, cultivation of
agents of influence, ensnaring key leaders through flattery and commercially advantageous deals,
and buying of others. All this will be immeasurably facilitated by a quantum expansion in cross-strait
travel and commerce.”
Taiwan and China now have no direct links, direct air-to-air flights or maritime transport, but many
believe it is only a matter of time. Only about a thousand Chinese tourists and businessmen a year
are allowed to travel to Taiwan. Once direct links are established, China is expected to overrun
Taiwan with tourists, businessmen and, of course, more spies.
One former U.S. intelligence officer assigned to the de facto U.S. embassy here, the American Institute
in Taiwan (AIT), said the process has been a long one and virtually unstoppable.
“With economic integration already in full progress, more and more people [in Taiwan] are going to
make compromises, so the potential for more sell-outs increases,” the former intel officer said.
“It is not a pretty picture. Most people recognize that the picture is not good, but no one knows how
bad the picture might be. Time is on China’s side.”
Chinese officials in Beijing and Washington did not respond to questions by press time.
The Second Oldest Profession
Lin believes more than 5,000 mainland Chinese spies are operating in Taiwan. Lin himself stumbled
upon one who was driving a taxi here in 1995.
Taiwan rejects participation in Olympic torch relay
The Associated PressPublished: April 26, 2007
TAIPEI, Taiwan: The chairman of Taiwan's Olympic Committee said Thursday the island would not participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay because the route announced by the International Olympic Committee in Beijing was an attempt to "downgrade" Taiwan's sovereignty.
Tsai Chen-wei spoke less than two hours after IOC officials in Beijing said the Olympic torch would go from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Taiwan and then to the Chinese territory of Hong Kong.
"This route is a domestic route that constitutes an attempt to downgrade our sovereignty," Tsai said. "It is something that the government and people cannot accept."
Tsai's comments contradicted an April 13 statement by another Taiwanese Olympic official, who said the island could accept a spot on the torch route that involved geographical contiguity with Hong Kong.
Taiwan's governing Democratic Progressive Party has long pushed for a torch route that would reflect Taiwan's separateness from China, from which it split amid civil war in 1949.
Is the Chinese government against Lonely Planet on the Taiwan issue?
"Apparently the chinese government has a new enemy: the lonely planet!
Yesterday I entered china again, and in the castody (meches) my book wastaken, and no matter how hard i tried to explain to them that i really need thebook, it didn`t help! they also had 3 more lonely planets!!!
The ''reason'': it`s a political book, because there`s a map of china, andtaiwan is colored in a different color!
And to make thing worse - they took my book, which even wasn`t the lonelyplanet, although the regulation is supposed to reffer only to the lonely […]"
In Irvine, Taiwanese Miffed Over Sister City Deal
About 200 protest at City Hall over agreements with China that smotherthecity's relations with Taiwan.
About 200 people waved U.S. flags outside Irvine City Hall on Tuesday,demandingthat the City Council unwind its sister city agreements withChina,
which the protesters said snubbed their homeland, Taiwan.
In those agreements, Mayor Beth Krom pledged that the city would recognizetheclaim of the People's Republic of China as the legitimate government oftheisland.
A separate memo signed by Valerie Larenne, a city staffer who coordinatesthesister city program, went even further,
promising that Irvine would no longer send official delegations to theisland,nor play the Taiwanese national anthem or display its flag.
Irvine Mayor Apologizes To Taiwan Over China PactJun27,2006
The mayor of Irvine apologized this week to Taiwanese officials after acitystaffer signed an agreement with China last month formally disavowingtheexistence of the island nation.
WillChina’s Stance on Taiwan Bring WWIII?
A Interview with Democracy Movement Expert Wei Jingsheng
Wei Jingsheng, a well-known human rights activist and chairman oftheOverseas Coalition for China’s Democracy Movement, presented his uniqueviewson the recent visits by Taiwan’s opposition leaders to China and theTaiwan -China situation during anEpoch Timesinterview. Following isatranscript of Wei’s major points.
The Chinese Communist Regime Is Busy Preparing for War
As a matter of fact, Hu Jintao, China’s Party Chief, has a strongmotivefor war with Taiwan. That’s because Hu has not been able to consolidatehispower in the Party or among the people easily and he is not yet intotalcontrol. In other words, as a dictator, he doesn’t have enoughauthority. Howdoes he establish that authority? The tradition of the ChineseCommunist Party(CCP) dictates that he must fight a war.
To establish absolute authority, Mao Zedong fought the Korean War whenhetook power and Deng Xiaoping fought a war with Viet Nam when he ascendedtopower.
Actually, there was another war in between, caused by a nationwide famineinthe early 1960s when the CCP quickly lost its credibility among the people.TheCCP fought a war with India and regained its authority. So the CCP reallyhasthis pattern of behavior.http://english.epochtimes.com/news/5-5-24/29041.html
The Taiwan Conundrum
August 30, 2002
Taiwanese enjoy aspects of China's culture, but older Taiwanese retainanostalgia for Japan's culture, as the Japanese rulers were much morebenevolentin Taiwan than in other parts of Asia. Things turned worse whenJapansurrendered and the mainland Chinese arrived: Chiang Kai-shek's secretpoliceturned out to be more brutal than the Kempeitai. Chiang's obsessionwithretaking the mainland and the policy of forcing Taiwanese to speakmandarinonly increased alienation. Taiwanese were greatly disadvantaged untilChiang'sson started a process of localization. The struggle of pro-democracydissidentswas naturally conflated with dislike of mainlanders andreunification.
Mr. Restall is the editorial page editor of the Asian WallStreetJournal.