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Taiwan ex-deputy defense minister probed for China spy contacts

Chang Che-Ping denies discussing official matters at dinners

An Indigenous Defense Fighter jet and Wan Chien air-to-ground cruise missiles are seen at Makung Air Force Base in Taiwan's offshore island of Penghu.    © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan authorities have begun an investigation into the former No. 3 member of its defense ministry over allegations of having contacts with a Chinese spy and leaking secrets, it was learned Wednesday.

Former deputy defense minister Gen. Chang Che-Ping, who served in the position until June, is the highest-ranking official in recent years to be probed over spying allegations.

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