A Singaporean has confessed to working as a Chinese spy in the United States.
Jun Wei, a Singaporean living in the United States, is accused of gathering valuable information for the Chinese secret service under the guise of his political advisory body.
According to a statement from the US Department of Justice, Jun Wei confessed in a federal court yesterday that he worked as an illegal agent of the Chinese secret service between 2015 and 2019.
According to the report, Jun Wei joined the Chinese secret service in 2015 when he was a PhD student at a top university in Singapore.
According to US officials, Jun Wei has admitted that he tried to obtain sensitive information by contacting US citizens with high security clearance. He was arrested on his arrival in the US in 2019.
In another development, the United States says a female Chinese researcher has been arrested on charges of hiding ties with the Chinese military.
The 37-year-old woman arrested by US authorities has been identified as Jun Teng.
The woman is one of four Chinese nationals who were recently charged with visa fraud for allegedly misrepresenting serving in the Chinese military.
Jun Teng has been arrested in the US state of California, while the US has also accused the Chinese consulate in San Francisco of protecting her.
It is believed that these incidents have come at a time when there is diplomatic tension between the United States and China and within a week, the two countries have closed each other’s consulates in their countries.