World Taiwan accuses Beijing of waging economic war against tech sector
Taiwan to Raise 'Temple Militia' of Holy Villagers to Fight off China Invasion
Taiwan's defense ministry hopes to integrate members of NGOs, churches and temples into its reserve force, to be called on in both peacetime and during war.During a hearing in Taiwan's legislature on Monday, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told lawmakers that policy planners hope to expand the country's reservists by integrating volunteers from local Buddhist and Taoist temples.
Taiwan’s government has accused China of waging economic warfare against the Chinese-claimed island’s technology sector by stealing intellectual property and enticing away engineers, as its parliament considers strengthening legislation to prevent such alleged activity.
Taiwan is home to a thriving and world-leading semiconductor industry, used in everything from fighter jets and cars to smartphones, and the government has long been worried about China’s alleged efforts to copy that success, including by industrial espionage.
China Warplanes Are Flying Near Taiwan in Record Numbers
Taiwan's defense ministry reported nine Chinese warplanes in its air defense identification zone on Tuesday, bringing the total number of sorties in April to 96 so far.Five J-16 fighters and four Y-8 reconnaissance planes of different variants were among the People's Liberation Army Air Force assets to violate Taiwan's self-declared air defense identification zone (ADIZ), according to the ministry. It illustrated the flight paths on its website and said it had tasked interceptor jets and tracked the Chinese aircraft using missiles.
Four Taiwanese policymakers from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party are leading a proposal to amend the commercial secrets law to widen the scope of what is considered a secret and toughen penalties.
In a report to Parliament published on Wednesday about the proposed amendments, Taiwan’s National Security Bureau blamed China for most cases of industrial espionage by foreign forces discovered in recent years.
“The Chinese Communists’ orchestrated theft of technology from other countries poses a major threat to democracies,” it said.
“The aim of the Chinese Communists’ infiltration into our technology is not only about economic interests, but also has a political intention to make Taiwan poorer and weaker.”
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Claims and counter-claims
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office did not immediately respond to a request by the Reuters news agency for comment, but Beijing has long denied being involved in industrial espionage.
The US and its allies have for years accused China of being engaged in cyber-espionage to gain an economic edge. In one of its last moves, the administration of former US President Donald Trump in January revoked licences for US companies selling equipment to Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. Trump had accused Huawei of providing Chinese authorities with the ability to spy on foreign firms and governments.
Tensions between the current administration of US President Joe Biden and China over Taiwan have also been on the rise.
China warned the US earlier this month “not to play with fire” on Taiwan issues after the US Department of State updated its guidelines easing restrictions on meetings between US officials and their counterparts from Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own.
China Tells U.S. to Discard 'Sour Grapes' Mentality After Joe Biden Address
Chinese officials were critical of Biden's words in his address to a joint Congress Wednesday night, saying their hope for an improved relationship with the U.S. has yet to come.Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian said Thursday that activity by U.S. military ships and surveillance planes directed at China has increased significantly under Biden's administration, as the U.S. military presence in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait is promoting "regional militarization and threatening regional peace and stability.
Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial and diplomatic issue, and a regular source of friction between Washington and Beijing, which has never ruled out using force to bring the democratically ruled island under its control.
China has its own gripes over foreign industrial intelligence activity.
Earlier this week, China’s top spy agency announced measures to fight infiltration by what it described as “hostile forces” in companies and other institutions, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
The new rules allow Chinese security authorities to draw up lists of companies and organisations considered susceptible to foreign infiltration and require them to take security measures.
Taiwan’s economy ministry, in its report, said Beijing was trying to boost its semiconductor industry by “poaching” Taiwanese talent “as well as obtaining our country’s industry’s commercial secrets, to harm the country’s competitiveness”.
The Cabinet has met many times to work out how to address the problem, the ministry added.
Lawmaker Ho Hsin-chun, one of the legislators who has proposed the amendments, said the need was urgent.
“The infiltration of China’s red supply chain is everywhere,” she told a parliament committee meeting.
It is not clear when or if the amendments could be passed into law, and the justice ministry in its report suggested further discussion of the wording was needed.
Hu Mu-yuan, deputy head of Taiwan’s National Security Bureau, expressed broad backing for the measure.
“As long as it’s helpful for our country’s security and interests, we support it,” he said.
Taiwan court rules against Indigenous hunting rights overhaul .
Taiwan's top court on Friday said some hunting restrictions placed on the island's Indigenous inhabitants were unconstitutional, but stopped short of supporting the complete overhaul of regulations that campaigners had pushed for. Hunting restrictions have become a bone of contention among Taiwan's Indigenous communities, who have long felt marginalised and discriminated against by the Han Chinese majority that first began arriving in the 17th century. Under current regulations, Indigenous communities are only allowed to hunt with homemade rifles during certain festival days and only with prior approval from authorities.