China: October 15, 2002


Taiwan admitted that one of it's army officers, and his family, had defected to China (via a tourist trip to Hong Kong.) This is an unusual event, as the defectors usually come in the other direction. This particular defection was even more unusual in that the defector was the "political officer" (ideological warfare affairs officer) for a Hawk anti-aircraft missile battery. The government insists the officer had no access to classified material (probably true), but he would be able to provide some useful information on how the Taiwanese air defense system operates.  




Help Keep Us From Drying Up

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling.

Each month we count on your contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage.
Subscribe   Contribute   Close