CCTV anchor suspected of spying for Taiwan

June 12th, 2009 - 2:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Beijing, June 12 (ANI): The China Central Television (CCTV) anchor Fang Jing has been suspected of spying for Taiwan.

The 38-year-old face of CCTV’s prime-time military program ‘Defense Watch’ is being investigated for possibly spying for Taiwan.

Fang, a Beijing native, started hosting the program in 2006. Her last on-air appearance was on the Sunday edition on March 1 when she hosted an episode about India’s military strength featuring Rear Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong, a military expert at the National Defense University.

Fang’s segments often touch upon regional military topics and she compares China’s military capacity with foreign powers, often with the help of specialists from the People’s Liberation Army.

Zhang, who has been a frequent guest on the show, has said that Fang’s case is “still under investigation” and “no conclusion has been reached so far”.

“She has not been jailed as is being rumored,” Zhang said. “But she is not hosting the program anymore, because she is currently being investigated.”

Fang, who started working for CCTV in 1994, had been member of the all-star line-up at some of the largest live broadcasts in CCTV history, including the three-day live coverage of the return of Hong Kong to the mainland in 1997 and live coverage of the millennium celebrations, the China Daily reported. (ANI)

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