Taiwanese legislators draft interrogatory to determine validity of espionage charges against Chinese-American dissident

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wang Bingzhang in an undated
photo. (Photo from Wikipedia)
China Aid Association

(Corrections made on Dec. 12 note the Taiwanese spelling of Legislative Assembly member Tien Chiu-Chin's name.)

(Taipei, Taiwan—Dec. 4, 2013) Taiwan's National Assembly legislators have drafted an interrogatory that seeks to determine whether or not links between Chinese-American dissident Wang Bingzhang, imprisoned in China on espionage charges, and Taiwan's intelligence agency exist, as decided upon in a resolution from Monday's hearing, at which Wang's daughter, Ti-Anna Wang, testified (http://www.chinaaid.org/2013/12/china-16-becomes-china-18-prisoners.html).

The interrogatory, which ChinaAid views as progress in the efforts to free Wang on the part of the International Coalition to Free the China 18, requests that Wang's connection, or lack thereof, with Taiwan's intelligence agency to be clarified in order to support efforts for his release.
Wang was abducted from Vietnam by Chinese secret police in June 2002. In January 2003, in a secret trial, Wang was convicted of passing military secrets to Taiwan and plotting to bomb the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, among other crimes.

The results of the inquiry are to be returned to the legislators on Human Rights Day, Tuesday, Dec. 10, and then given to Wang's daughter to aid her campaign to free her father.

The full text of the interrogatory can be read below:

The inquiry into Wang Bingzhang's connection
to Taiwan's intelligence agency, drafted and
signed by legislators Tian Quijin and Chen
Xuesheng. (Photo courtesy of Tien Chiu-Chin)
A Joint Written Interrogatory 
Dec. 2, 2013

This written interrogatory is jointly made by Legislative Assembly members Tien Chiu-Chin, Chen Xuesheng, You Meinu, and Chen Qimai on “Whether or not Wang Bingzhang was a spy for Taiwan.”
On December 2, Legislative Assembly member Tian Qiujin and three other members jointly held a press conference and hearing entitled “An Operation of Emergent Aids to Chinese Political Prisoners: In Concurrence with the U.S. Congress.”  A resolution made at the hearing was to submit a joint, written interrogatory to the President of the Legislative Assembly about “Whether or not Wang Bingzhang was a spy working for Taiwan.” The government needs to explain whether Wang Bingzhang was sentenced to life in prison because he spied for Taiwan. If Wang Bingzhang was an agent spying for Taiwan, the government of Taiwan ought to make efforts to rescue him. If he was not, then the government of Taiwan ought to clarify that to the international society. The Executive Assembly is requested to ask the agencies under its jurisdiction, which are in charge of mainland China affairs, to investigate whether or not Wang Bingzhang worked for Taiwan’s intelligence agency and conducted espionage activities in mainland China. The results of the investigation shall be reported in writing to the above legislators before Human Rights Day on December 10 and will be transferred by the legislators to Ms. Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang.

Legislator: Tien Chiu-Chin

Legislator: Chen Xuesheng

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