Chinese Espionage in European Parliament: Deputy of the European Parliament arrested

An assistant member of the European Parliament (EP) from the far-right German party AfD was arrested in Germany on suspicion of spying for China, German prosecutors announced today

by Sededin Dedovic
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Chinese Espionage in European Parliament: Deputy of the European Parliament arrested
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An assistant member of the European Parliament (EP) from Germany's far-right AfD party found himself at the center of a spying scandal that shocked Germany and Europe. Jian G., embroiled in a web of intrigue that allegedly involved spying for China, was arrested by German authorities, sparking a series of investigations and heightened scrutiny of the extent of foreign influence in European politics.

The accusations leveled against Jian G. resonated with grave implications. German prosecutors wasted no time in publicly stating their suspicions, claiming that Jian G. was actively involved in espionage activities on behalf of China.

Their claims painted a worrying picture, suggesting that Jjian G. systematically collected intelligence on China's adversaries inside Germany, while secretly passing sensitive information about the work of the European Parliament to Chinese intelligence operatives.

A general view of the inside the European Parliament on May 12, 2016 in Strasbourg, France© Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

At the heart of the matter was Jian G.' s association with MEP Maximilian Krach, a prominent figure within the AfD party who should lead their electoral task in the upcoming European elections.

This connection has raised serious questions about the extent of infiltration and manipulation in the corridors of power by foreign actors seeking to exploit political vulnerabilities for their own benefit. The fallout from Gian G.'

s arrest extended beyond mere espionage charges. It revealed a wider network of alleged Chinese espionage activities on German soil. In a separate statement, German authorities announced the arrest of three people suspected of working with Chinese intelligence services to acquire and transfer sensitive technology linked to the military.

One of the defendants, identified as Thomas R., allegedly acted as an agent of China's Ministry of State Security (MSS), tasked with obtaining classified information related to innovative military technologies with potential dual-use applications.

Working with accomplices Hervig F. and Ina, Thomas R. operated under the guise of a legitimate business front in Dusseldorf, using German researchers and companies to procure desired technologies on behalf of his Chinese handlers.

An intricate web of deception spun by an alleged spy ring implicated unsuspecting German entities in their pursuit of illicit profits. Reports have emerged detailing how conspirators, under the guise of legitimate research endeavors, brokered deals with German companies to facilitate the transfer of sensitive technology to China.

Projects ostensibly aimed at civilian applications masked the true intentions of strengthening China's military capabilities, all orchestrated under the watchful eye of the MSS. The revelations sent shockwaves through diplomatic circles and prompted a swift response from German authorities, who wasted no time in raids and seizing evidence to uncover the full extent of the spy network's activities.

Beijing: They want to spoil the relationship between China and Europe

Amid the unfolding scandal, Beijing has vehemently denied any involvement in what it has dismissed as baseless allegations of espionage. Chinese officials rejected the allegations of wrongdoing, denouncing them as attempts to sabotage growing cooperation between China and Europe.

Diplomatic conflicts have cast a stain on bilateral relations, and China is one of the largest foreign investors in Europe.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin© CCTV Video News Agency / Youtube channel

"The theory of the threat of alleged Chinese espionage is not a new thing in European public opinion," said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.

He condemned the "slander" whose aim is "to destroy the atmosphere of cooperation between China and Europe".

Russia has an interest in Germany

A few days ago, there was another arrest related to espionage, and it involved Russian spies.

The German head of diplomacy, Analena Berbock, invited the Russian ambassador to Berlin for a conversation after the arrest of two Russian spies in Bavaria. It is a very dangerous thing to suspect that the Kremlin is "recruiting agents with us to carry out attacks on German soil," Berbock wrote on the X network.

Two suspects – Dieter S. (39) and Aleksandar J. (37) – were arrested on April 17 in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth. The suspicions are serious and could end up being measured with ten years in prison. These two Russians allegedly illegally recorded and observed the American military base Grafenwer near Bayreuth and delivered the data to a Russian contact connected to the Russian services.

Dieter is suspected of planning an explosive attack or arson in order to sabotage military facilities and infrastructure in Germany. According to information leaking to the media, the specific attack was not immediately prepared.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that there are great demands on the domestic security services, because "it can never be accepted that such espionage activities take place in Germany." As with today's case with Chinese spies, the Kremlin rejected these allegations this time too.

Kremlin spokesman Dimitry Peskov dismissed as "absurd" the accusations that Russia planned attacks on German territory. He described the arrest of two German-Russian citizens as a deliberate provocation.

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