China de­nies spy­ing ac­cu­sa­tions

US charge ‘purely fab­ri­cated,’ says for­eign min­istry spokesman

Global Times - - Front Page - By Yang Sheng

China de­nied spy­ing ac­cu­sa­tions by the US De­part­ment of Jus­tice on Thurs­day after an al­leged Chi­nese in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer was re­port­edly charged with eco­nomic es­pi­onage.

The charge by the US side was “purely fab­ri­cated,” for­eign min­istry spokesman Lu Kang said at Thurs­day’s rou­tine press con­fer­ence.

“We hope the US can deal with the is­sue fairly and legally and en­sure the le­git­i­mate in­ter­ests of a Chi­nese cit­i­zen”

On Wed­nes­day lo­cal time, the US De­part­ment of Jus­tice pub­lished a story on its web­site head­lined “Chi­nese In­tel­li­gence Of­fi­cer Charged with Eco­nomic Es­pi­onage In­volv­ing Theft of Trade Se­crets from Lead­ing US Avi­a­tion Com­pa­nies.”

Xu Yan­jun, the al­leged Chi­nese spy, was ar­rested in Bel­gium on April 1 and ex­tra­dited to the US on Tues­day, the US ar­ti­cle said.

China-US trade fric­tions are al­ready spilling over into se­cu­rity and in­tel­li­gence, Chi­nese an­a­lysts said Thurs­day.

Even be­fore this case, both the FBI and CIA re­leased very hos­tile state­ments on China, Ni Feng, deputy direc­tor of the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can Stud­ies un­der the Chi­nese Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times on Thurs­day.

On Septem­ber 24, CBS re­ported that CIA Direc­tor Gina Haspel said China was “work­ing to di­min­ish US in­flu­ence.”

“Now the US is try­ing to craft the im­age of an en­emy for China, not just a trade ri­val, but a ri­val in gen­eral,” Ni said.

On Wed­nes­day FBI Direc­tor Christo­pher Wray warned that China “in many ways rep­re­sents the broad­est, most com­pli­cated, most long-term counter-in­tel­li­gence threat we [the US] face,” Newsweek re­ported.

The US should do more to boost the mu­tual ben­e­fits for both peo­ple and not adopt the op­po­site ap­proach, Lu said at Thurs­day’s con­fer­ence.

Chi­nese na­tion­als over­seas “need to be aware of this new sit­u­a­tion and they should try to keep a low pro­file and re­spect the lo­cal laws,” Ni said.

In that way they could avoid pro­vid­ing an ex­cuse for US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to make trou­ble, he noted.

US es­pi­onage ac­tiv­i­ties are in­creas­ing as the strug­gle on the in­ter­na­tional in­tel­li­gence arena in­ten­si­fies, an ex­pert on in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity and in­tel­li­gence who re­quested anonymity told the Global Times.

“Many US spies have re­cently been cap­tured by ri­val coun­tries, so this could lead to more re­tal­i­a­tion from the US side,” the ex­pert said.

On Au­gust 15 For­eign Pol­icy re­ported that the CIA had “botched the com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem it used to in­ter­act with its sources in China, ac­cord­ing to five cur­rent and for­mer in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials.”

Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties “sys­tem­at­i­cally dis­man­tled” the CIA net­work of agents across the coun­try, “ex­e­cut­ing dozens of sus­pected US spies,” the re­port said.

China has nei­ther con­firmed nor de­nied the For­eign Pol­icy re­port.

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