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Distrust cripples cross-strait ties: Hsia

BROOKINGS INSTITUTION:China’s unilateral actions fail to consider Taiwan’s dignity, Mainland Affairs Council Minister Andrew Hsia said on Monday at a US conference

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in Washington

He was asked if he could “shed some light” on a case earlier this year in which it was alleged that former MAC official Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) had spied for Beijing, which Chang strongly denied.

“This is a sensitive and tough question,” Hsia said.

“I went to office in February and I was told about this case. The prosecutor decided not to prosecute because of the lack of evidence. The public prosecutor’s statement was confidential and so we cannot discuss that openly,” Hsia said.

“All I can say is that from the statement made by the prosecutors’ office, Mr Chang obviously handed over some papers to a friend of his. For any public servant, this was not appropriate. Secondly, Mr Chang — apart from having an office in the government — also had a private office sponsored by businessmen. Again, I do not think that was appropriate,” Hsia said.

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