China official, Taiwanese spy had affair: US cable

TAIPEI — A US diplomatic cable released by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks says former Chinese Finance Minster Jin Renqing was fired in 2007 for having a sexual relationship with a suspected Taiwanese spy.

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Published: Mon 27 Jun 2011, 9:57 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:43 PM

The reported affair occurred during the administration of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, when bilateral tensions were high because of Beijing’s anger over Chen’s pro-independence policies.

The cable from the US consulate general in Shanghai was dated Sept. 20, 2007. It described the unidentified woman as a promiscuous socialite and said Chinese investigators believed she was a Taiwanese spy.

Taiwan’s intelligence agency declined to comment on Monday.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949. Beijing continues to claim Taiwan as its own.

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