Chinese Finance Minister Jin Renqing

When Jin Renqing stepped down for what the Chinese government claimed were “personal reasons” at the time, there was widespread speculation that he it was in fact for his indiscretions. A U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks confirms this information stating that he was fired 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. Investigators suspected that the mistress was not just a “social butterfly,” but a professional foreign spy. They now believe she was a Taiwan intelligence operative.

Taiwan’s intelligence agency declined to comment Monday.

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