Bureau to prevent
civil servants from studying in China
By Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA
National Security Bureau
Director-General Tsai Der-sheng yesterday pledges to safeguard Taiwan¡¦s own Air
Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) during a question-and-answer session at the
The National Security Bureau (NSB) is
considering implementing new regulations with the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC)
to address the rising number of Taiwanese civil servants illegally engaged in
advanced studies in China, bureau Director Tsai Der-sheng (½²±o³Ó) said yesterday.
The issue was raised yesterday by Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chiu
Yi-ying (ªôÄ³¼ü) at a meeting of the legislature¡¦s Foreign Affairs and National
Defense Committee while Tsai was giving a report on monitoring communications
and preventing Chinese spying, and Taiwan¡¦s early warning system.
Chiu said that since 2003, more than 1,000 Taiwanese civil servants had made
unsanctioned visits to China, adding that the number of civil servants studying
in China, or taking online courses offered by schools across the Strait was
Asked whether the bureau had obtained information on civil servants studying in
China on government subsidies while working on academic dissertations with
topics designated by Beijing, Tsai answered in the affirmative, adding that some
have been punished or transferred to other jobs.
However, he said that there are some legal loopholes and that many people escape
punishment by making use of them.
Tsai said that the actions of civil servants were inappropriate and risked
compromising national security.
The director said that consequently the bureau, the MAC and the
Directorate-General of Personnel Administration are considering adopting
Asked whether the regulations would involve an amendment to the law, Tsai said
he did not know of the details, saying it is under the jurisdiction of the MAC.