Taiwanese Businessmen Blackmailed Into Spying For China

January 2, 2006 12:00 am Last Updated: January 2, 2006 12:00 am

Former Chinese security agent Hao Fengjun has revealed to Taiwanese officials that over 2000 Taiwanese businessmen in China are forced by the Chinese Communist Party to spy on Taiwan, reported Taiwan News in December.

Invited by a group of legislators from Taiwan's elected Democratic Progressive Party, Hao, 32, revealed on December 15 that as an ex-agent of the 610 Office of China's National Security Bureau, he was ordered to masquerade as a city councilman or secretary who would win the confidence of Taiwanese businessmen.

He would do this by overlooking crimes such as tax evasion, use of prostitutes, and adultery, crimes punishable in China by terms in labour camps.

“Many of the entertainment venues such as nightclubs and bars are actually traps to frame the Taiwanese businessmen as they engage in sexual acts with prostitutes,” said Hao, according to Taiwan News.

On being caught for various offences, “councilman” Hao would “help” extricate the men from their predicaments. He would persuade them to collect information on Taiwan, particularly the activities of Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan, in exchange for exoneration or a lighter penalty.

Falun Gong is outlawed and its practitioners brutally repressed in China, but it is practised freely in Taiwan.

Utterly embarrassed and afraid of losing their families and investments, Hao said the businessmen would often relent to his requests.

Hao warned that Taiwanese businessmen in China should learn to protect themselves against such threats.

Hao Fengjun defected to Australia in February last year and was later granted political asylum by the Australian government.

He stressed that he was jeopardising the lives of his mother and his child, who are still in China, by making his knowledge public.