Chinese fugitive is hiding in San Francisco consulate, US prosecutors claim

Adrian Ovalle

The FBI thinks China’s consulate in San Francisco is harbouring a fugitive implicated of lying about her military background.

US authorities claim scientist Tang Juan lied about her military ties when requesting a visa to operate at the University of California, and once again throughout an FBI interview last month.

China and the US have actually clashed consistently in current months over problems consisting of the coronavirus pandemic, trade and Hong Kong.

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Agents discovered photos of Tang using the uniform of China’s People’s Freedom Army and news articles from China that determined her military association, according to a court filing by prosecutors.

In an FBI interview, she rejected having actually served in the military or understanding the significance of the insignia on her uniform.

“The FBI assesses that, at some point following the search and interview of Tang on 20 June 2020, Tang went to the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, where the FBI assesses she has remained,” prosecutors composed in a court filing.

The filing looked for the detention of another Chinese researcher who the Justice Department has actually implicated of lying about his military background to enter into the US.

It is the most recent conflict in between the 2 countries, after the Trump administration bought the Chinese consulate in Houston to close on Wednesday.

Washington stated the closure was needed “to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information”.

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Previously today, the US charged 2 Chinese nationals with hacking “hundreds and hundreds” of people in the States and worldwide, consisting of defence specialists and coronavirus scientists.

The set were referred to as “one of the most prolific groups of hackers” the FBI has actually examined.

China has actually consistently rejected hacking the US and other competing powers, and called the closure of its consulate “outrageous”.

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