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Taiwan vexed by China's ADIZ: NSB chief

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Director-General of the National Security Bureau (NSB, 國安局) Tsai Der-sheng (蔡得勝) noted yesterday morning that Taiwan had already responded to mainland China's promise to establish an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, declaring its position to the Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

According to Tsai, there is frequent communication between both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Regarding the fact that China's aircraft carrier Liaoning (遼寧號) sailed through the Taiwan Strait this past week, Tsai said it was inevitable that an imbalance in military force exists between the two sides of the strait. In order to maintain Taiwan's stability, an improvement in political methods rather than military force must be sought, he said.

While attending the committee meeting in the Legislation Yuan, Tsai reported on a confidential project regarding the current implementation of electronic monitoring and surveillance programs, as well as some preventive actions taken against espionage.

In an open interpellation after the meeting, committee member and KMT legislator Yang Ying-xiong (楊應雄) inquired as to how Taiwan was prepared to respond if the PRC attempted to extend its ADIZ to Taiping Island (太平島).

Tsai said they had already carried out negotiations with spokesmen from the PRC's Ministry of Defense. The government declared that it would be an unfriendly gesture if China insisted on extending the current ADIZ to the South China Sea.

Negotiation Over Releasing Two Agents

Meanwhile, Tsai said that he has been making efforts to negotiate with the PRC in order to persuade them to release two agents from Taiwan's Military Intelligence Bureau, (MIB, 軍情局) held since 2009. The two agents, Chu Gong-hsiung (朱恭訓) and Hsu Chang-guo (徐昌國), were arrested by China in 2006. They are still imprisoned in Nanning, Guangxi Province.

Regarding rumors that secret meetings were arranged between the NSB, the National Security Council (NSC, 國安會) and mainland Chinese representatives, DPP committee member Chiu Yi-Ying (邱議瑩) questioned Tsai over plans for a conditional prisoner exchange.

In response, Tsai said after these agents had been arrested on the China-Vietnam border in 2006, the MIB and NSB had taken various actions to secure their release. They also established a project team specialized in dealing with this situation. Over the past few years, both public and private means to secure the agent's release have been attempted.

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