German Citizens Arrested for Espionage

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Three German citizens were arrested on Monday for allegedly gathering sensitive naval data and obtaining a high-powered laser on behalf of the Chinese security services. The suspects include a man identified as Thomas R., who acted as an agent for the Chinese Ministry of State Security, and a married couple, Herwig and Ina F., who ran an engineering company in Düsseldorf.

Government Response and International Concerns

The arrests have raised concerns about the fragile relationship between Germany and China. German Minister of the Interior, Nancy Faeser, emphasized the significant danger posed by Chinese espionage to business, industry, and science. The timing of the arrests is particularly sensitive as Chancellor Olaf Scholz recently visited China to strengthen bilateral trade agreements.

Recent Incidents:

  • In a separate case, the British authorities announced that two men were charged with violating the Official Secrets Act in a matter related to China.
  • Last week, Volkswagen confirmed that Chinese hackers had stolen approximately 19,000 sensitive documents from the automaker over a four-year period, highlighting the ongoing threat of cyber espionage.

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