China describes spying allegations in Germany as ‘slander’

China has denied allegations of spying in Germany, calling the claims defamatory.

“The intention behind this hype is very clear: to defame and suppress China and undermine the atmosphere of cooperation between China and Europe,” a Foreign Ministry spokesperson in Beijing said on Tuesday. .

The spokesperson said China has always adhered to the principles of mutual respect and non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs. Germany’s “Cold War mentality” must be overcome, he said, adding that highlighting the risks of so-called espionage should not be exploited for political operations against China.

Security sources said the remarks came after an employee of German MEP Maximilian Kula was arrested on suspicion of spying for China.

Federal prosecutors reported the arrest in Dresden without naming Kula, a member of the far-right AfD. According to prosecutors, the arrested man appears to have passed on information from the European Parliament.

Kula was initially unavailable for comment, but the MEP told Bild newspaper at Strasbourg airport that he only saw all this on his mobile phone when he landed. As far as he knew, his colleagues only maintained “liaison with the embassy’s official office in China.”

In a separate incident, three suspected spies allegedly working for China were arrested in Germany on Monday.

China’s state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday night that the Chinese embassy in Berlin urged Germany to “stop using the spying charges to politically manipulate China’s image and smear China. ”

A police car enters the grounds of the Federal Court of Justice. The German Federal Prosecutor's Office has arrested three German nationals on suspicion of spying for China. According to the Federal Prosecutor's Office, the two men and one woman are suspected of obtaining information about German military technology with the intention of passing it on to Chinese secret services. René Priebe/DPA

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