Thursday, November 17, 2005

Chinese "Voted" to Go to Hawaii

Consider a few news snippets that are neither plausible at face value nor exhaustive of the subject (diplomatic games and wholesale spying) :

April 2, 2001 - Chinese authorities held the crew of a US surveillance plane who voted to make an emergency landing on the southern Chinese island of Hainan after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet.

March 2002 - A Taiwanese fishing boat's Chinese cook has been convicted of killing its captain and first mate before taking control of the vessel. Crew members (30 of them) subdued the cook two days after the murders, tied him up, and voted to go to Hawaii.

Aug. 19, 2005 - China detained an American on suspicion of spying for Beijing's archrival, Taiwan. Several Chinese-born businesspeople and academics with U.S. ties have been arrested by China in recent years on espionage charges. Most were accused of working for rival Taiwan. China and Taiwan split in 1949 amid civil war and are believed to spy actively against each other.

November 4, 2005 - The federal government wants to seize the Maui home of a man accused of selling secrets to foreign countries about the B-2 stealth bomber.

November 5, 2005 - Four persons have been arrested in Los Angeles as part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering ring, federal investigators said. The suspects caused serious compromises for 15 years to major U.S. weapons systems, including submarines and warships.

November 17, 2005 - Although prosecutors have not disclosed the identity of the foreign interests involved, US media reports named China as among those countries that acquired the Stealth secrets.


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