Legislators in Taiwan are urging to pass legislation protecting core technologies from Chinese spying

Legislators in Taiwan are urging to pass legislation protecting core technologies from Chinese spyin ...

Legislators are considering tougher punishments to prohibit Chinese espionage from gathering information about Taiwan''s ''core'' technologies. The amendments would reduce prison time and penalties for persons working with foreign institutions to steal information about the ''core'' technologies, according to the Taipei Times.

According to sources, legislators want to adopt three versions of draft amendments to the National Security Act and the Act Governing Relations between the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area this month.

People in China, Hong Kong, Macau, foreign nations, or overseas hostile forces, or individuals controlled by them, would be prohibited from violating the national security act, according to a proposed measure to amend the National Security Act.

Offenders under the law may be sentenced to five to twelve years in prison or a fine of the New Taiwan dollar (NTD) 5 million to NTD 100 million (roughly Rs. 1.3 crore to Rs. 25 crore).

According to the Taipei Times, the amendment would prohibit individuals from using and infringing on their businesses secrets from the nation''s core technologies in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and other countries, putting a three to ten years behind bars and a fine of NTD 5 million to NTD 50 million (about Rs. 1,3 crore to Rs 13crore).

The High Court must hear the first instance of national security issues, and the Intellectual Property and Commercial Court must hear the first instance of economic espionage cases, according to a modification.

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According to the Taipei Times, a draft amendment to the Taiwan Area Governing Relations Act, which passed a preliminary review on March 25, would prohibit Chinese businesses or Chinese-funded entities based outside China from engaging in business activities in Taiwan without government approval.

A draft amendment said that offfenders would be subjected to up to three years in prison and fines of up to NTD 15 million (roughly Rs. 4 crore) while anyone who permits Chinese-funded companies to use their name to operate in Taiwan would be subjected to a fine of up to NTD 120,000 to NTD 2.5 million.

The Government would authorize legal persons, group members, and members of entities that were ordered, subvened, or invested in a certain way to engage in business involving the country''s core technologies, according to the Taipei Times.

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The requirement would be extended for three years after the commission, subsidy, or investment concludes, or three years after the person has left their position, and offenders may be fined with NTD 2 million to NTD 10 million (roughly Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 2.6 crore) according to reports.