The FBI suspected China of harbouring the researcher, who is wanted in the United States
The FBI says the researcher from China, which the U.S. government wanted on charges of fraud in obtaining a visa, was granted asylum at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, reports CNBC, citing court documents.
As stated in the documents submitted in another case, Tang Juan received a non-immigrant visa United States last fall to conduct the study at the University of California in Davis. After some time, the FBI agents found on the Internet pictures of women in uniform. With her on the interview, in which she said that never served in the army and was a member of the Communist party of China.
The Prosecutor's office believes that "as the matter tan Juan, the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, presumably, offers asylum to the representatives of the people's liberation army of China, who seek to evade prosecution in the United States." The official representative of the PRC Embassy in Washington has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Earlier, the Chinese foreign Ministry announced that the United States demanded that China close the Consulate General in Houston. As stated by the official to submit to the office, Wang Wenbin, China will definitely give a necessary and reasonable response to this requirement. At the same time, responding to a question about recent media reports that the Consulate General in Houston was on fire as the Embassy staff burned secret documents, Wang Wenbin said that "the Consulate General in Houston is functioning normally".
The official U.S. state Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus said that Washington ordered to close the Consulate General of China in Houston, in order to ensure protection of intellectual property and personal information of Americans.
The President of the United States Donald trump did not rule out that the us government will require China to close some diplomatic missions in the US after the Consulate General in Houston.