According to Taiwan media reports, Guo Meilan, a Taiwan female reporter from the Central News Agency, allegedly acted as a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spy. She got busted when she attempted to lure an official from Taiwan’s Bureau of Investigation as a spy.
Guo was taken away on Feb. 10 for questioning on charges of violating the National Security Law. She is not allowed to leave Taiwan.
Cross-strait relations between Taiwan and China are considered politically and militarily hostile.
Taiwan’s United Daily News reported that she invited an officer from the Taiwan Bureau of Investigation for a cup of coffee and asked him bluntly to collect intelligence for money.
She said: “As long as you gather relevant intelligence and deliver it to the other side, you can get good money.” The officer was very alarmed, and refused on the spot. He immediately reported the incident to his superiors. Although Guo had apparently failed, later on she sent many text messages still trying to persuade him.
According to Taiwan’s Apple Daily, Taiwan prosecutors suspect that Guo was lured by the State Security Bureau in Shanghai due to her poor economic situation. She was rewarded with high commissions for providing information related to politicians. During the investigation, it was ascertained that: Guo has very little savings, even though after each trip to China, she deposited tens of thousands of Taiwan dollars, totaling more than a million dollars, over the years.