Chinese diplomat leaves Japan amid espionage suspicions
Los Angeles Times -- May 30

A senior diplomat from the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo has left Japan amid an investigation into suspicions of espionage and other illegal activities for the past five years, the Kyodo news agency reported Tuesday.

Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department believes that the diplomat, whose was first secretary of the embassy, was improperly approaching "key figures in Japan's political and business circles since he was given the post in charge of economic issues at the embassy" in summer 2007, the news service reported.

The Japanese-speaking diplomat worked for an intelligence unit of China's People's Liberation Army, the report said.

In mid-May, police requested through Japan's Foreign Ministry that the diplomat turn himself in for questioning. But the Chinese Embassy rejected the request and the diplomat returned to China, the news agency said.

News source: Los Angeles Times

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