July 6, 2001 |
Trials have begun in China for an American citizen and a permanent U.S. resident on charges that they spied for Taiwan, the State Department said Thursday. The two are among a string of U.S. passport holders who have been detained by China during the past year, prompting calls by members of Congress for punitive action against Beijing. But the trials come at a time when the United States and China are talking publicly about an improvement in relations. Officials said Secretary of State Colin L.
August 13, 1998 |
A Beijing court convicted four Taiwanese businessmen of spying. One of the men, Kou Chien-ming, was sentenced to four years in prison, while the other three were not punished, the official New China News Agency reported. Kou immediately appealed the verdict, Taiwan's Central News Agency said. The Taiwanese report said the other three men would not be free to return to Taiwan until a confirmation of the verdict was issued.
January 6, 2000 |
A Taiwanese executive who paid an Avery Dennison Corp. employee to pilfer corporate secrets from the U.S. adhesives maker was sentenced to six months of home detention in the first case tried under a U.S. law aimed at combating trade-secret theft. A federal judge in Youngstown, Ohio, sentenced P.Y. Yang, chief executive of Taiwan-based Four Pillars Ltd., to two years of probation along with home detention for violating the U.S. Economic Espionage Act.