BEIJING, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- China announced Wednesday it had detained seven alleged spies from Taiwan and said their cases were being investigated, the BBC reported.
The seven were first arrested in December and are accused of collecting information for Taiwan's military, China said.
It was not clear if they were among 24 alleged Taiwanese spies China previously claimed it caught last month.
Lin Chia-lung, a Taiwan government spokesman, urged the public not to believe China's accusations.
"Everyone should understand that China is a country that lacks a real legal system ... the government sometimes uses spy charges as an excuse to arrest Taiwanese businesspeople, foreigners and even its own citizens," he said.
Chen denied spies were needed to establish information, which he said was freely available over the Internet and could be seen in satellite images.