China-US row: military researcher ‘hiding in San Francisco consulate’, isn’t it strange?

Helen Dunmore Jul 23, 2020 2
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The prosecutor alleged that the case was part of China is planning to send secret military scientists to the United States.

China hiding in San Francisco

The Trump administration on Wednesday ordered the closure of the Chinese delegation in Houston. Saying it was involved in the theft of intellectual property and this is completely against the law.

China condemns actions against American scientists and consulates and denying it.

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Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin accused the government of the United States. That the government is using excuses restricting, harassing, or suppressing Chinese scholars in the country.

After a dispute at the Houston consulate, President Donald Trump threatened to close more missions in China.

In recent months, he has repeatedly clashed with Beijing over trade. The coronavirus pandemic, and China’s contentious new security law in Hong Kong.

What kind of allegations about the San Francisco mission, China is facing?

The prosecutor stated and provided the pieces of evidence in the court, and submitted the documents in the San Francisco Federal Court. That the defendant Juan Tang was a biology researcher at the University of California, Davis, and had no relation with the military of China.

According to some sources, in an interview with an FBI agent last month, she said she did not serve in the Chinese military nor she shares any kind of relation.

However, the document stated that an open-source investigation found photos of her wearing military uniforms and searched her home and found further evidence of her affiliation with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Axios News first reported the document. He said; “Sometimes after searching and interviewing Tang on June 20, 2020, Tang went to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco and the FBI believed that she still exists.”

It added; “As shown in the Tang case, the Chinese consulate in San Francisco provides a potential haven for PLA officials intending to avoid litigation in the United States.”

The prosecutor said that this is not an isolated case, but “seems to be part of a plan carried out by the People’s Liberation Army” to send military scientists to the United States under pretense.

The document also highlights the case of two other researchers arrested in California in recent weeks on suspicion of ties to the military.

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Why is it happening in China’s consulates?

The Houston consulate was under strict scrutiny on Tuesday, when people overlooking the courtyard of the building noticed that several garbage bins were on fire and its weird situation.

The video shows people throwing what appears to be paper into the trashcan.

Emergency services called to the building, but Houston police said they were not allowed to enter.

On Wednesday, the U.S. government gave China 72 hours to close the consulate. “Protecting American intellectual property rights and American private information.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said; “We have clear expectations for the behavior of the Chinese Communist Party. If they do not, we will take action to protect the American people and protect…our. National security also protects us with Economy and work.”

The consulate is one-fifth of the United States, not including the embassy in Washington. China calls the blockade a “political provocation.”

What are the tensions between China and the US?

There are many flashpoints between Beijing and Washington. Some of the most serious problems are:

Covid 19 is a chinese virus

President Trump has repeatedly referred to Covid-19 as the “Chinese virus”. He also said that it originated in a Chinese laboratory, although his intelligence personnel called it “not human”. In this regard, Chinese officials hinted that there is no evidence that Covid-19 may have originated in the United States.

Mr. Trump has long accused China of unfair trade practices and theft of intellectual property. Due to the dispute, the U.S. and China have been engaged in a tit-for-tat tariff war since 2018.

In June, China implemented a comprehensive new national security law in Hong Kong, causing the United States to withdraw preferential economic treatment in the region. Beijing accused the United States of “serious interference” in its internal affairs and promised to retaliate.

The two countries also clashed over Beijing’s search for offshore resources in disputed waters, which Mr. Pompeo called “bullying activities.”

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