Taiwan is investigating a senior official with ties to China on suspicion of bribery

Prosecutors in the northern Taiwanese city of Taiyuan, where Cheng was mayor from 2014-2022, said he was summoned for questioning on suspicion of bribery on Friday and applied to the court to detain him.

Taiwanese prosecutors said on Saturday they are investigating a senior official and member of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which deals with China, on suspicion of taking bribes. He said he did nothing wrong.

Cheng Wen-tsun heads the Straits Exchange Foundation under the China-policy-making Mainland Affairs Council, which deals with day-to-day issues such as accidents caused by Taiwanese in China. The foundation is technically private because the governments in Beijing and Taipei do not recognize or have official relations with each other.

Prosecutors in the northern Taiwanese city of Taiyuan, where Cheng was mayor from 2014-2022, said he was summoned for questioning on suspicion of bribery on Friday and applied to the court to detain him.

It did not provide details of the allegations against him.

Cheng, in a statement issued by his lawyer and released by the foundation, denied wrongdoing.

„I have not committed any illegal act and will cooperate with the judicial investigation. I will clarify the truth soon and prove my innocence,” he said.

Taiwan’s presidential office said it respected the judiciary and hoped investigators would clear up the matter soon.

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