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Chinese Finance Minster Jin Renqing And Taiwanese Spy Had Affair, WikiLeaks Says

Jin Renqing

06/27/11 12:15 AM ET   AP

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A U.S. diplomatic cable released by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks says former Chinese Finance Minster Jin Renqing was fired in 2007 for having a sexual relationship with a suspected Taiwanese spy.

The reported affair occurred during the administration of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, when bilateral tensions were high because of Beijing's anger over Chen's pro-independence policies.

The cable from the U.S. consulate general in Shanghai was dated Sept. 20, 2007. It described the unidentified woman as a promiscuous socialite and said Chinese investigators believed she was a Taiwanese spy.

Taiwan's intelligence agency declined to comment Monday.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949. Beijing continues to claim Taiwan as its own.

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