More than 400 immigrants from China are serving in the military as conscripts, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said yesterday.
\nThe press questioned whether this phenomenon posed a potential threat to national security since it offers a chance for Chinese infiltrators to sabotage the Taiwan military from within.
\nThe MND ruled out the possibility however, saying all Chinese immigrants serving as conscripts have undergone background checks and are under close watch while in the military.
\n"We do need to monitor these Chinese immigrants since the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are still in a mutually hostile state," said Colonel Chang Ho-hsing (張和興), deputy director of the security division of the general political warfare department.
\n"We check the background of all Chinese immigrants before we draft them into service," Chang said.
\nChang made the remarks yesterday at a regular press conference of the MND in response to inquiries from the press on the issue.
\nMND spokesman Major General Huang Sui-sheng (
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