What’s the news like over there?

Whenever I travel everyone always asks me about the news in the country I travel to. Okay, okay, that’s a lie. What they do ask is “What’s it like over there?”. I use that as an excuse to tell them about my view on different issues and to thrust different news articles upon them.
So, to give my dear relatives a break, I’ve decided to introduce a new feature on my blog. In every “What’s the news like over there?” post I will, at the very least, post an excerpt from an article I find on the political, social or pop culture issues in the country I’m currently residing in. I will always hyperlink the title of the article to the original post.

Enough chit-chat. Here’s the article.

Taiwan Spy Affair Shines Light on Military Morale

“The indictment of a former Chinese army captain and four Taiwanese military men on spy charges this month comes amid cuts in military spending and planned reductions in the size of the armed forces…Analysts and some military experts in Taiwan say the latest indictment rekindles concerns that the growing trade ties between the two historical foes has made Taiwanese officers softer targets for China’s espionage efforts. The debate around the military’s role in Taiwan and the recurring spy scandals have implications beyond the Taiwan Strait, with analysts and experts saying it potentially puts in question the willingness of the U.S. to entrust Taiwan with military technology and knowledge…According to Tsai Huang-liang, a Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker who sits on the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, from 2013 to early March last year, Taiwan has unearthed 15 cases of Chinese espionage; of those, 90% involved active or retired members of the military…“As part of your military training, you are told that the enemy is China and that’s who you are preparing to fight against.

Yet at the same time, the ranking government leaders are becoming friendlier with the so-called enemy. This creates confusion for the military of their place in the society,” said Arthur Hong, an adjunct professor at Taiwan’s National Defense University.…Beijing still views Taiwan as a renegade province to be taken back, by force if needed. A desire for reunification with China, rather than independence, plays a role in the motivation of some member of Taiwan’s military to go on China’s payroll, some analysts say.”


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