- Title: China lodges stern representations with U.S. over expelling Chinese officials
- Date: 16th December 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (DECEMBER 16, 2019) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON GENG SHUANG ARRIVING AT DAILY NEWS CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "The US accusations against Chinese personnel severely disregards reality. China has already lodged stern representations and its opposition with the US. We strongly urge the U.S. to correct its mistake and cancel the relevant decision and protect Chinese personnel's proper rights according to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 30th December 2019 09:21
- Keywords: China USA foreign ministry officials
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BA85HL3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:China has lodged stern representations with the United States over the expelling of Chinese officials, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular briefing in Beijing on Monday (December 16).
The U.S. government covertly moved to expel two officials from the Chinese embassy earlier this year after they drove onto a military base, the New York Times reported on Sunday (December 15). One of the two Chinese officials is believed to be an intelligence officer operating under diplomatic cover, the report said.
Geng said the U.S. accusations against Chinese personnel is "severely disregard reality".
The United States in recent years has stepped up efforts to combat concerns about suspected spying by the Chinese. A law enforcement official familiar with the episode confirmed to Reuters that the account in the Times is accurate.
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