A Chinese spy problem

The German federal prosecutor’s office has accused two senior diplomats from Shanghai of spying on members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement


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While the spy swap between the U.S. and Russia has dominated headlines, Germany also has an espionage problem. The German federal prosecutor’s office has accused two senior diplomats from Shanghai of spying on members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement for the Ministry of State Security, China’s largest civil intelligence agency.

Falun Gong has been outlawed in China since 1999. Beijing perceives it as a cult and has devoted an agency, known as Office 610, to its global elimination. But Chinese espionage cases are becoming, in general, increasingly common in Germany. In the 2007 “Trojan” incident, Chinese spy software concealed in Microsoft Word documents hacked into German computers and stole information; the hackers were believed to be under the command of the People’s Liberation Army.

Earlier this year, the German Foreign Ministry forced the recall of a Chinese general consul in Munich after he was accused of spying on Uighur expatriates. In fact, the German government has reportedly had to create a special counterintelligence department to address Chinese security breaches. Though the public relationship between the two countries remains cordial, the escalating Cold War-style spy game threatens to tarnish years of diplomacy.


A Chinese spy problem

  1. China is spying on Falun Gong practitioners abroad since the Chinese government views them to be their biggest threat. In some cases the Chinese government has worked hard to exclude the Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group from U.N. meetings when the group has qualified to attend them. Moreover, Chen Yonglin, a defector from a Chinese consulate in Australia, has revealed the extensive workings of Chinese spies throughout the world to spy on Falun Gong practitioners as a top priority. These practitioners are really very kind and compassionate people who have their basic human rights infringed upon. They are law abiding people who really wish to improve life, which seems to be a threat to the Chinese government. Maybe one day the world will wake up and see what the Chinese government is really all about and what they are hiding within the vault of atrocity. Perhaps, the Falun Gong practitioners know full well what atrocities the CCP is committing, which can only result in ethical consequences that will dis-empower the CCP and empower the Chinese people.

  2. Good for the Government of Germany. There is a similar problem in Canada, which is documented in various places, including http://www.david-kilgour.com. The independent report David Matas and I did on the inhuman treatment of the Falun Gong exercise-spiritual community across China since mid-1999 can be accessed at the the same website.
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  3. I remember the story of man from the Chinese consulate in Australia. I remember him saying that this problem is incredibly widespread. I have difficulty understanding why the Chinese government would see peaceful and non-violent Falun Gong meditators as a threat to their power. It just seems really strange that they would think that. Considering the Chinese government's choices that led to the Tiananmen Square massacre, it looks like the Chinese regime still has a long way to go before they can be considered a 'civilized' government.

  4. And what about the atrocities that the Falun Gong has committed?

    The Chinese government obviously doesn't view the Falun Gong as its "biggest" treat. That's like saying that the American Government is afraid of Scientology.