China denies any involvement in Taiwan spy case

A Taiwan court earlier this month ordered the arrest of presidential office specialist Wang Ren-bing on suspicion of leaking information to China.

China denies any involvement in Taiwan spy case

China denied on Wednesday that it had any involvement in a spying case linked to a Taiwan presidential office employee, saying the allegations were pure fiction.

A Taiwan court earlier this month ordered the arrest of presidential office specialist Wang Ren-bing on suspicion of leaking information to China.

Another man, from outside the presidential office, was also arrested on suspicion of leaking secrets, a court official said.

Taiwan media said they were suspected of leaking information related to President Ma Ying-jeou's inauguration in May. Documents went to China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, which deals with the island in the absence of formal ties, media said.

Communist China has claimed sovereignty over democratic Taiwan since 1949, when Mao Zedong's forces won the Chinese civil war and Chiang Kai-shek's KMT fled to Taiwan. Beijing has vowed to bring Taiwan under its rule, by force if necessary.

But ties have improved rapidly since the more China-friendly Ma took office last May, fostering new trade and transit links and new trust between leaders on both sides.

"As for Taiwan media reports that people handed over some secret documents to the association, I can tell you extremely responsibly that this is total fiction and that it never happened," Yang Yi, spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, told a news conference.

He did not elaborate.

The case underlines that despite warming relations, distrust still lingers between the two old foes.

In November, China executed a Chinese businessman accused of spying for Taiwan.

Reuters

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