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Local, Chinese spies face same penalties

LOOPHOLE CLOSED:Legislators sponsored changes to the Criminal Code to extend penalties for espionage to Chinese nationals and residents of Hong Kong and Macau

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

DPP Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) said the amendment was not meant to obstruct anyone from visiting a foreign nation, but to bolster national security.

However, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) called it a “reproachable” piece of legislation aimed at barring former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) from visiting China after his restriction period ends, which would be on May 20.

Ma in January said during an interview that he hopes to visit China after May 20.

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