According to prosecutors, a Chinese agent bribed the Taiwanese colonel to surrender if war broke out

Prosecutors in Taiwan said Tuesday they had charged a senior military officer with corruption and damaging state security after they said he accepted bribes from a Chinese agent to act as a spy and even signed a letter promising to to surrender to China.

Taiwan has long fought an alleged ongoing espionage campaign by Beijing to undermine Taiwan’s armed forces and sow dissent within the ranks. China regards Taiwan as a “sacred” part of its territory and has never refrained from using force to seize control of the island.

Prosecutors in the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung said they are seeking a 12-year prison sentence for an army colonel who has paid bribes totaling T$560,000 over the past four years.

The retired officer persuaded the colonel, who had been contemplating leaving the armed forces, to stay on so he could gradually climb the ranks and act as a spy, sources said.

The colonel signed a letter promising to surrender in the event of war with China, the bureau added.

Prosecutors identified the colonel as Hsiang Te-en.

China’s Bureau of Taiwan Affairs did not respond to a request for comment.

Taiwan’s defense ministry said the officer was suspected of violating national security and anti-corruption laws and would continue to cooperate with the investigation.

“This case underscores that the Chinese communists have become a serious threat to us when it comes to infiltration, recruitment, intelligence gathering and theft of secrets,” the ministry said.

The ministry will continue to strengthen counterintelligence training for officers and soldiers and deepen security investigations, it added.

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