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Screening on civil servants' China visits to be tightened: Taiwan MAC

A file photo of Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan. (file photo) Lai said Thursday that screening of applications for visits to C...

A file photo of Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan. (file photo) Lai said Thursday that screening of applications for visits to C...

Screening of applications for visits to China by civil servants will be tightened in the wake of the arrest of a Presidential Office staffer for allegedly spying for China, Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Lai Shin-yuan (賴幸媛) said Thursday.

Lai made the remarks after Wang Jen-ping (王仁炳), a senior specialist at the Presidential Office, was taken into custody earlier in the day for allegedly handing over classified Presidential Office documents, including President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) inauguration, between March and April 2008 to his friend Chen Pin-jen (陳品仁), who then submitted them to Chinese intelligence officers.

Chen, who formerly served as an assistant to Kuomintang Legislator Liao Kuo-tung (廖國棟) and former People First Party Legislator Lin Chun-teh (林春德), has also been detained in the same case.

Prosecutors made a first-ever search to the Presidential Office on Wednesday, taking four bags of documents and Wang for questioning. Chen was later summoned for interrogation. Prosecutors requested to detain both on the ground of secret leak, which was approved by Taipei District Court early Thursday.

Despite the case, Lai said the government's policy of promoting civilian exchanges and allowing civil servants to make sightseeing trips to China remains unchanged.

Nevertheless, she added, relevant government agencies will strengthen coordination and step up screening of applications by civil servants to make pleasure trips to China, particularly those responsible for sensitive affairs.


Updated : 2021-03-04 15:29 GMT+08:00