Taiwan files charges against couple identified by Chinese defector as alleged spies

Wang Liqiang

AUTHORITIES IN TAIWAN HAVE filed money-laundering charges against a Chinese couple, who were identified as spies by a man who defected to Australia in 2019, claiming to be a Chinese intelligence operative. Wang “William” Liqiang, 28, from China’s eastern Fujian province, defected to Australia in October of 2019, while visiting his wife and newborn son in Sydney. He and his family are currently believed to be living under the protection of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO).

In a 17-page sworn statement filed shortly after his defection, Wang reportedly gave details of his work as an undercover intelligence officer for Chinese military intelligence. He is also said to have shared the identities of senior Chinese intelligence officers in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and to have explained how they carry out espionage operations on behalf of Beijing. Some media reports claimed that Mr. Wang had shared details about deep-cover Chinese intelligence networks in Australia. Wang also claimed that he worked for a Hong Kong-based company called China Innovation Investment Limited (CIIL), which was in reality a front company set up to provide proprietary cover for Chinese spies like himself.

The Chinese government responded to Wang’s allegations by publicly calling him a “fraud” and claiming that his Chinese passport and Hong Kong identity papers were forgeries. Meanwhile, CIIL filed legal action against Wang for libel and spreading malicious falsehoods. But that did not stop Taiwanese authorities from arresting CIIL’s directors, Xiang Xin and Gong Qing, on November 24, 2019. The directors, a married couple, were about to board an international flight at Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport, when they were detained by members of the country’s Investigation Bureau. Following their detention, they were barred from leaving the country until further notice.

Under Taiwanese law, authorities in the island country had until April 14 of this year to file charges against the couple, or allow them to leave the country. On Thursday, the Office of the Taipei District Prosecutor announced that money laundering charges had been filed against the two CIIL directors. According to the indictment, the couple used nearly $26 million that they allegedly acquired illicitly from China, in order to purchase three luxury apartments in Taipei’s affluent Xinyi district. Additionally, the Prosecutor’s office said the two Chinese citizens continue to be under investigation for potentially violating Taiwan’s National Security Act.

Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 09 April 2021 | Permalink

One Response to Taiwan files charges against couple identified by Chinese defector as alleged spies

  1. Pete says:

    Defector protection for Wang and family likely.

    Mainland China has endless opportunities to set up front/false flag companies full of natural cover agents (illegals) in Taiwan. This is in part because a 2014 Taiwanese, Taipei Times, article stated: “It is estimated that there are more than 1 million Taiwanese living in [Mainland] China.” http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/11/16/2003604555 . This permits endless opportunities for Mainland Chinese to coerce Taiwanese to work for Chinese intelligence (MSS or PLA-Intel) .

    Given possible Mainland China intel saturation of Taiwan the US should be careful what military and other technologies it transfers to Taiwan, eg. F-35s should never be transferred. It is a worry that the near top of the line US Mark 48 torpedo technology has been shared with the Taiwanese (aka “Republic of China”) Navy – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_48_torpedo#Future_operator

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