Taiwan, claimed by China as its own, is already on high alert for Chinese attempts at disinformation before the January 11 elections for the presidency and legislature [Wally Santana/AP]

Authorities in Taiwan confirmed on Tuesday that two senior executives from the Hong Kong-listed company China Innovation Investment Limited were being investigated by authorities over allegations relating to election interference.

Xiang Xin and his wife Gong Qing, who are executive director and director of the company, were stopped at Taiwan’s Taoyuan Airport on Sunday while trying to leave the country.

Taiwan Interior Minister Hsu Kuo-yung said on Monday they had been detained but declined further comment because the case was still under investigation.

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