The claim was made as part of a massive state media campaign highlighting the alleged espionage activities of foreign Taiwanese agents.
“(The Taiwanese spies) use money, love, seduction and internet hook-ups to develop spies into mainland China and build the espionage network … It is extremely vicious to use students for espionage,” a report on state media CCTV claimed.
“The authorities said that, over three years, the student provided (the spy) with about 100 pieces of information on science and technology related to national defense and was paid about 45,000 yuan,” state media claimed.
Taipei has furiously refuted the allegations, saying Beijing’s accusations would just create “more doubts and misunderstandings” between the two governments.
Beijing views the democratically self-governed island, which has never been controlled by the Communist Party, as part of its territory. Cross-strait tensions have been rising since the election of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016 and Beijing’s subsequent actions towards her government. Tsai’s party has historically been in favor of full Taiwanese independence.
A statement from Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council accused Beijing of attempting to stop Chinese students coming to the island to study.
“The mainland wanted to use media propaganda and indiscriminately accuse our people without due process of democracy and the rule of law, which could only arouse more doubts about mainland China’s motives and purposes,” the statement said.
‘Prepare for the worst’
The Chinese state media campaign was featured across at least six different outlets, including both TV and print media.
The editorial added that “those targeted students were supposed to have a promising future. Studying in Taiwan should have been an opportunity to improve themselves. Trapping these young people and ruining their lives, the Taiwan intelligence authorities also committed a moral crime.”
The media blitz, which began on Saturday and continued through into Monday, was part of “Thunderbolt 2018,” a government-led initiative launched by China’s state security department, intended to root out espionage activities, especially those of Taiwan.
The CCTV report was required viewing at workplaces and universities across China, according to notices posted on websites and on bulletin boards.
Tensions across the Taiwan Strait
Relations between Beijing and Taipei are at their worst point in years, as attitudes on the island have increasingly turned against unification with China and towards full independence.
Source : Nbcnewyork