Taiwan General Accused of Espionage

Taiwan has arrested a high-ranking military officer on charges of spying for China.

The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that Army Major General Lo Hsein-che was detained after investigators conducted searches at his office and residence late last month. The ministry says Lo was recruited by Beijing as a spy in 2002, when he was stationed overseas.

News reports in Taiwan say Lo was based in the United States when he was recruited, and provided China with information on Taiwan's military communications systems until he returned home in 2005.

He is the most senior military officer to be accused of spying in Taiwan since the 1960s.

Taiwan split from China after Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist forces fled to the island after being routed by Mao Zedong's Communists in the 1949 civil war, but Beijing still considers the self-ruled island as part of its territory.