China Says Convicted US Scholar Reflects Stepped-Up Taiwan Espionage
US academic Li Shaomin, convicted of spying by a Beijing court, is just one example of how Taiwan is stepping up its espionage against China, using sex and money to attract traitors, Chinese state media said Thursday.
"Over the past few years, Taiwan espionage activities on the mainland have been rampant, and the spy cases cracked by mainland security organs have continued to rise," said the Global Times, published by the People's Daily.
The paper said Chinese-born Li, who was convicted on Saturday, was faced with a massive amount of evidence, "forcing him to admit guilt with a lowered head."
"Even though he is one of China's sons, he committed a shameful, ugly act and will be deported from China in disgrace," the paper said, but provided no details of his alleged crimes.
Under Beijing's definition almost any information on China can be regarded as a state secret.
The paper said Li's case reflected expanding Taiwanese efforts to spy on China and mentioned several high-profile cases from recent years.
In July last year, a Beijing court sentenced three people for spying for Taiwan, handing down one suspended death sentence and lengthy prison terms.
Taiwan and China have been separated since the end of a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still considers the island a renegade province that must be returned to its control, by force if necessary -- BEIJING (AFP)
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