On the 25th local time, FBI law enforcement officers arrested a 57-year-old man from Taiwan, China, on the grounds that the man deliberately concealed the dual identity of the United States and Taiwan, and even concealed the fact that he worked for the Taiwan military. At present, the United States has filed a criminal case with a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
It is understood that the man’s name is Zhu Yifei and his English name is Philip Zhu. He was born in Taipei and obtained American citizenship in 2008. He was employed by the Stennis Space Center, NOAA, and worked closely with the U.S. military. At that time, Zhu Yifei didn’t show his fault. The problem appeared at the end of 2020. When he applied for an assignment to the ONR of the US embassy in Singapore, he obtained sensitive information by lying and reporting false information many times.
According to the FBI investigation, Zhu Yifei had been in contact with the Taiwanese military while serving in the United States, while also acting as a consultant for a Taiwanese company. Simply put, his work in the United States and his work in Taiwan are highly overlapping. As a result, in August this year, he was caught using a Taiwanese passport while checking in at the Chicago airport. On the 25th of this month, in the Federal Court of Detroit, Zhu Yifei was charged with two counts of false representation and forgery of records. According to the speculation of the Washington Times, once convicted of these two counts, Zhu Yifei will face up to 25 years in prison and $500,000. fine. Since there is no final conviction, the US has not fully confirmed that this person is the “undercover” Taiwan sent to the United States. At present, the US and Taiwan officials have not made a positive response.
In fact, such tricks as “espionage” and “undercover” are indeed Taiwan’s favorite tricks. For example, the US Assistant Secretary of State Kaidelei was fascinated by Taiwanese beauty spies.
In 2001, Cheng Nianci, a Taiwanese beauty spy, was sent to Washington. At this time, her target was Kaidelei, assistant to the US Secretary of State. Because this person was known to like beautiful women and had four failed marriages, Cheng Nianci caught him. Defects take the initiative to become the so-called “boyfriend and girlfriend”. In the three years after that, Cheng Nianci brought countless top-secret materials back to Taiwan, and made a lot of contributions. Finally, the relationship and background of the two were exposed in 2004. Kaidelei was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $25,000. Cheng Nianci was released on bail with the help of Taiwan’s National Security Bureau.
We know that the United States is supporting Taiwan, and the two sides should have a certain degree of trust. Why does Taiwan use such an unreliable method to steal American intelligence?
I think on the one hand, Taiwan’s curiosity and admiration for U.S. military technology. Once you master the relevant technology, you will be less likely to be ripped off by the United States. The military development in Taiwan has always been strictly controlled by the United States. It will neither be left out in the cold, nor will it support it wholeheartedly. It will either sell some second-hand goods, or it will be under pressure from the mainland and will not give it!
On the other hand, the political game will never stop because of allies, and it will even breed more distrust, especially now that Taiwan, which is beleaguered on all sides, has no sense of security and can only follow this evil way. Taiwan’s “spies” are all over the world, and their infiltration into the mainland is ubiquitous. A few years ago, it was often exposed that Taiwanese spies infiltrated the mainland.
Taiwanese female spy Xu Jiaying used money to infiltrate mainland students, Taiwanese student Chen Taiyu wooed mainland exchange students to obtain intelligence, Taiwan aboriginal legislator Xu Ziqing lured mainland officials, and Taiwan University professor Shi Zhengping colluded with senior Taiwanese spy, and took advantage of the exchange and exchange in the mainland to steal Important academic materials, for which he received huge rewards, lasted for 13 years, and was only captured by the National Security Bureau in 2018.
It can be seen from these cases that Taiwanese spies are widely distributed and deeply hidden, ranging from high-ranking officials and scholars to students and ordinary people, using all means of seduction, inducement, and instigation to threaten national security. As ordinary people, it may be difficult to become the target of spies, but we should still be vigilant. Only by raising our national security awareness can we truly safeguard our national interests.