May 27, 2021 02:57 PM

China Charges Ex-Professor at Japanese University With Spying for Tokyo

What’s new: Chinese national Yuan Keqin, a former professor at a Japanese university, has been charged with spying for Japan, the Chinese foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Yuan was detained by the national security authorities on suspicion of espionage in 2019.

Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, said during a press conference that Yuan had “made a full confession to his crimes.”

“Based on clear facts and conclusive evidence, Yuan's case has been examined and prosecuted by the procuratorial organ and handed over to the court,” Zhao said.

The background: The former professor at Japan’s Hokkaido University of Education was detained for alleged espionage in 2019 after he returned to his hometown of Changchun, Northeast China’s Jilin province.

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