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China Official Accused in Spy Case

August 30, 1999

BEIJING (AP) _ A senior Chinese official has been fired and expelled from the Communist Party over a case of spying for Taiwan, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Monday.

The case involved spying by two others, Xiong Tianjun and Xi Shiguo, convicted of taking money from Taiwanese intelligence agencies and sentenced in June to life in prison.

The report did not say why the official, Lin Kechang, the deputy head of the Hainan provincial government , had been held responsible, saying only that the espionage case exposed serious problems at the provincial government’s general office. Seven other government officials were also disciplined, Xinhua said

Xiong gathered economic, political and other sorts of intelligence between 1990 and March 1997, the People’s Daily reported earlier. It said Xiong was an operative for Taiwanese military intelligence and his life sentence was for espionage.

Xi, a Hainan provincial government researcher, stole documents on politics, the economy and national security and gave them to a foreign intelligence agency, Xinhua said. Xinhua didn’t identify the agency.

Xi was paid the equivalent of about $9,500 for the material, the report said. He was accused of stealing the material from July 1996 to March 1997, when he was arrested.

China and Taiwan have been gathering intelligence against each other since they split in 1949 after a civil war.

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