1,000 ‘Beijing agents’ flee America as net closes in
Louise Watt, Taipei
More than 1,000 Chinese spies have fled the United States following an investigation into industrial and technological espionage, US officials have claimed.
The Chinese citizens involved had been posing as researchers while concealing their links to China’s People’s Liberation Army, said John Demers, chief of the US Justice Department’s National Security Division.
“There’s no question that they were part of a Chinese government effort to send these individuals here,” he told an online discussion hosted by the Washington-based Aspen Institute think tank.