Taipei, Taiwan (Reuters): China does not understand Taiwan 's laws and its democracy, a senior Taiwanese justice ministry official said Monday, in the latest spat between the self-ruled island and Beijing, after island authorities detained a Chinese man in a suspected spy case.
"This is their misunderstanding of Taiwan 's judicial system and Taiwan 's democratic system. Basically, we will handle this according to law ," Chen told reporters on the sidelines of a parliamentary meeting. "We will not make up charges."
In an unusual espionage case involving a Chinese exchange student, Taiwanese authorities detained a man, identified as having recently been a university exchange student in Taiwan named Zhou Hongxu, on suspicion of breaching national security laws.
China 's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman Ma Xiaoguang was cited in Chinese state media as saying on Friday that media reports alleging the suspect were working on behalf of TAO was "deliberate fabrication."
Ma was cited as saying on Friday, "I am not familiar with the case."
Taiwanese authorities have said the investigation is ongoing and that information about the case was classified.
Taiwan notified China 's public security bureau, its security apparatus, on Friday after Zhou was detained, Chen said, which was in accordance with a mutual legal assistance pact between Taiwan and China .
Chen said Chinese security officials had not provided a response yet.
China 's Ministry of Public Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.