A man charged with spying on China in Germany

Berlin-Germany has arrested and prosecuted a man suspected of spying on China’s Secret Service, the public prosecutor’s office said Tuesday.

The prosecutor said in a statement that the man identified as Klaus L. according to German press rules was a political scientist and had been working in a think tank since 2001.

He was hired by a Chinese intelligence agency during a lecture trip to Shanghai in 2010 and regularly handed over money and information for a trip to China until November 2019, the office said.

A suspect in a court in Munich on Tuesday said he had gathered information through his various high-ranking political contacts who had worked in think tanks for many years.

The National Association of Commercial Broadcasters said the man worked in a think tank associated with the Munich-based Hans Seidel Foundation, the Christian Social Union (CSU), a Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel. There was no immediate comment from the Foundation.

By Riham Alkousaa

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