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09:57 16.09.2018(Updated 10:00 16.09.2018)Copy the link
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BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Sunday accused Taiwan's spy agencies of stepping up efforts to steal intelligence for "infiltration" and "sabotage" and warned the island to damage already strained relations between the two sides.
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The relevant agencies in Taipei should immediately end such activities, the official Xinhua news agency quoted An Fengshan, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office, as saying.
State television on Saturday broadcast the first of a series of programs detailing Chinese students studying in Taiwan who are said to have been targeted by local spies in various ways.
The allegations come as Beijing is stepping up efforts to encourage Taiwanese to stay permanently in China with identity cards and other new documents.
Taiwan has urged its citizens to pay attention to the dangers of living in a tyrannical state that censors the Internet and other flaws.
China and Taiwan often share accusations of espionage.
In 2017, a Chinese student studying in Taiwan was sentenced to jail for collecting important information through links to schools in Taiwan and government departments and for trying to establish a spy network on the island.
Taiwan began allowing Chinese students to study at its universities in 2009.
China regards Taiwan as a breakaway province and has never ruled out the use of force to return it to its control. Taiwan has frequently mentioned that Chinese warships and fighter jets regularly approached the island.
In recent months, Beijing has succeeded in persuading some of the few countries with diplomatic relations in Taiwan to sever ties with Taipei.
However, sources told Reuters that as Beijing's efforts to isolate Taiwan increased, Taipei secretly beefed up security ties with regional powers by sharing intelligence on China's military deployment.