The United States has accused a Chinese scientist of seeking refuge at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco for alleged visa fraud and collusion with the military.
According to the reports, the prosecution alleges that the case is part of a program by China to secretly send military scientists to the United States.
The allegations come as US President Donald Trump recently ordered the closure of China’s mission in Houston, saying it was involved in stealing intellectual property.
On the other hand, China condemned the actions taken against its scientists and consulates in the United States.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin accused the Trump administration of restricting the movement of Chinese scholars in the country, using them as an excuse to harass or take action against them.
He called the US allegations “malicious slander” at a news conference and said, “China must retaliate and protect its legitimate rights in response to unreasonable US actions.”
President Donald Trump has threatened not to allow any more Chinese missions after a dispute over the Houston consulate.
Prosecutor in federal court in San Francisco stated that the Chinese scientist Juan Tang was a biology researcher at Davis University in California.
He said in an interview with FBI agents last month that he had not served in the Chinese military.
The prosecution told the court that the open-source investigation revealed that the Chinese scientist had links with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
He told the court that there were pictures of him in which he could be seen wearing a military uniform.
The prosecution said it was not an isolated case but “part of a PLA program designed to secretly send military scientists to the United States.”
It should be noted that the issue of Hong Kong has become a source of new tension between the United States and China.
China’s recent decision to end Hong Kong‘s sovereignty, the United States has threatened to end its special trade status.