China's CCTV aired the confession of a Taiwanese man named Cheng Yu-chin who said he did something that harmed China. According to the state-run media he took NT$2.76 million in intelligence funding and previously worked as an assistant to former Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Cho Jung-tai, which Cho has denied.
China previously reported that it had uncovered a Taiwan spy ring involving several hundred operatives. China's CCTV ran a program on the evening of Oct. 12, in which the "confession" of a Taiwanese man named Cheng Yu-chin was aired. The authorities claimed that Cheng previously served as an assistant to former Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Cho Jung-tai and was recruited by the National Security Bureau and the Military Intelligence Bureau to serve as a spy in China. According to the state media, he received NT$2.76 million in intelligence funding and was captured as he entered China in April 2019.
I can actually understand why the Chinese government feels this way, because there is not a single country that will accept people trying to divide up its territory. I understand this, and I know that what I did harmed China.
Cheng has been indicted for spying, and his case is already being tried. Meanwhile, Cho denied knowing Cheng in a Facebook post, saying he does not know this person and this person was never his assistant. Premier Su Tseng-chang responded by accusing China of always using "baseless" methods to threaten and vilify, saying this is not the behavior of a powerful country. He also claimed Taiwan no longer sends spies to China.
Taiwan no longer does this type of thing. Moreover, we don't have to do this type of thing.
I previously served as the leader of the New Culture Task Force. Over the past 20 years, we've held a countless number of activities, but I have no impression of Cheng Yu-chin.
The DPP also accused the CCTV report of twisting facts and trying to undermine cross-strait relations. Meanwhile, the Mainland Affairs Council found fault with how CCTV arranged for Cheng to be interviewed and acknowledge his mistakes and repent. It criticized this method and said it was completely inconsistent with due process and also framed the Taiwanese people.
The Chinese Communist Party continues to maliciously hype politics. It's using false national security pretexts to suppress exchanges and deliberately destroy the cross-strait relationship.
The Mainland Affairs Council and Straits Exchange Foundation say they have not received any calls from Cheng's family providing information or requesting assistance. They will continue gathering information to assist family members should they request help.