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Taiwanese remote sensing scientist defects to China
Central News Agency
2014-05-23 12:44 PM
Taipei, May 23 (CNA) Taiwanese Chen Kun-shan, a leading expert on remote sensing technology, has secretly defected to China, the Ministry of Education confirmed Friday. The ministry is expected to hold a meeting soon to approve a decision by National Central University (NCU) to dismiss Chen from his position as a professor, according to Wang Tso-tai, chief secretary of the ministry. Chen, who has headed the NCU's Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research since 2001, was suspended by the university in November 2013, two months after he went absent without leave, Wang said. The university learned through Chinese media reports in March that Chen had been hired to work at China's State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science under Beijing's high-profile "Thousands Talents Program," which seeks to attract overseas scientists, Wang said. The reports were later verified with Beijing through the Cabinet's Mainland Affairs Council, he added. NCU confirmed Friday that it had decided on April 7 to dismiss Chen and had submitted the case to the education ministry for final approval. In a front-page story, the Liberty Times cited an intelligence source as saying that Chen's case posed a "serious threat" to Taiwan's national security. As head of the Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research, Chen had access to satellite images covering Taiwan and China's military deployments and was in a category of government employees privy to state secrets and restricted from visiting China, the report said. (By Chen Chih-chung and Y.F. Low)
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