TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Prosecutors were interrogating a major general who played a senior role in Taiwan’s missile command on suspicion of spying for China, reports said Tuesday.
Major General Hsieh Chia-kang (謝嘉康) currently serves as the deputy chief of the Army’s command for the defense of Matsu (馬祖), a small island just off the coast of China’s Fujian Province.
Media were speculating that due to his history, the major general might have revealed important secrets about Taiwan’s missile deployment plans to China, which has over a thousand missiles of its own targeting the island.
Hsieh is believed to know just about everything there is to know about Taiwan’s locally made missiles and about the imported Patriot PAC-3 batteries, as well as about newly developed projectiles which could hit Shanghai.
On Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors started questioning him about alleged “violations of the National Security Act,” a phrase generally indicating spying for China, reports said. The interrogation took place at the Taiwan Ciaotou (橋頭) District Court in Kaohsiung City after investigators raided his home in Pingtung County.
Media reports said that Hsieh frequently traveled overseas. In recent years, several serving and retired Taiwanese officers were caught for spying after they had passed on military secrets to Chinese agents in various Southeast Asian holiday destinations. The overseas trips were one form of payment for the delivery of information.
The Ministry of National Defense said it had brought the case to the attention of prosecutors after it found a go-between had contacted Hsieh to obtain information and to set up a spy network.