Dutch envoy to China suspended over affair
THE Dutch ambassador to China has been suspended from duty following a complaint, with newspapers reporting he was having an affair with a Chinese employee.
Ron Keller, a former ambassador to Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, has been suspended “for the duration of the investigation”, a foreign spokesperson confirmed.
According to the tabloid De Telegraaf which broke the story, Mr Keller, 58, had been having an affair with a Chinese woman working at the embassy in Beijing.
He “met with her several times in ministry his residence after the two exchanged nude photographs”, the popular daily said.
“Even though he is not married, having an affair with a resident of the country where he is representing The Netherlands places him in a vulnerable position,” the paper added.
Mr Keller, it said, had exposed himself “to possible blackmail” as the Chinese government was “paying the salary of the woman he was allegedly involved with”.
The foreign ministry has suspended Mr Keller from his post pending investigations. –