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China harbouring military-linked fugitive scientist at consulate: FBI

According to court filings, investigators "discovered photographs of her in the uniform of the Civilian Cadre of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)"

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US prosecutors allege Tang Juan, a researcher, lied about being connected to the Chinese military so she could enter the US. According to them, she is now avoiding arrest by taking refuge in the West Coast diplomatic mission.

According to court filings, investigators “discovered photographs of her in the uniform of the Civilian Cadre of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA)”.  According to reports, Tang was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where she denied having any connections with the Chinese Army.  However, following the interview, US authorities claim that she fled to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.  

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First Published: Jul 24 2020 | 2:09 AM IST

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