A Singapore national has pleaded guilty in the US to act as an operative of China in the newest event in an increasing stand-off between the United States and China.
Moreover, Jun Wei Yeo used his political agency in America as a cover to gather confidential details for the Chinese government, according to US officials.
Independently, the US said a Chinese scholar suspected of covering her links to China’s military was arrested.
China previously requested the closing of the US consulate in Chengdu.
The decision to close the consulate in the south-western city is retaliation to US decision earlier this week. The US moved to close down China’s embassy in Houston.
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US Pompeo claimed the action is as a result of China was “stealing” intellectual property.
Beijing Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin issued a statement saying that the US decision was centered on “a hodgepodge of anti-Chinese lies.”
Furthermore, the 72-hour deadline for Chinese diplomats to exit the Houston consulate expired on Friday. And at 16:00 (21:00 GMT), reporters witnessed people claiming to be US authorities access the property. Uniformed personnel from the US State Department ‘s Bureau of Diplomatic Protection then took up positions to protect the entry.
Tensions have been growing between the two nuclear powers on some main topics.
Trump administration regularly fights this year with Beijing over commerce and the coronavirus pandemic. Another ongoing issue is China’s implementation of contentious recent security legislation in Hong Kong.
Information about the Singapore national?
Jun Wei Yeo, also identified as Dickson Yeo, on Friday admitted guilt in a federal court. He agreed to work as an unlawful informant of Chinese intelligence in 2015-19, according to the US Department of Justice.
Previously charges were using his political agency in the nation as a cover to gather important, non-public knowledge for Chinese intelligence.
In his guilty verdict, he confessed to finding for Americans with high-level security authorization and obtaining them to write reports for fake clients. As per legal records, the Chinese government hired him in 2015 after delivering a speech in Beijing.
At the period, he was a Ph.D. student at a renowned Singaporean university.
According to the jury trial, Mr. Yeo used a social networking forum-believed to be LinkedIn-to reach possible targets known to have links to classified details.
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