A UC Davis cancer researcher, suspected of being a clandestine member of the Chinese military, said the Los Angeles Times.
According to the U.S. prosecutors, the suspected spy took refuge in the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.
The report is referring to the researcher, Juan Tang.
She fled to the consulate after being interviewed by FBI agents in late June, prosecutors said.
Likewise, she is charged with visa fraud, accused of concealing her membership in China’s military and Communist Party.
Prosecutors said she hid the fact when she is seeking permission to work in a radiation oncology lab of said university.
A Justice Department spokeswoman said Thursday the researcher is now considered a fugitive.
Tang is “a fugitive from justice currently being harbored at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.”
The charges against Tang come as the U.S. government escalates a simmering dispute with Beijing.
Washington is accusing the Chinese government of attempting to steal secrets from the United States’ eminent research institutions.
Officials at the consulate could not be reached for comment.
The Other Spies?
The report said there were other Chinese nationals suspected of spying.
All suspects are charged with visa fraud.
These are researchers, Xin Wang; and, a neurology researcher at Stanford Chen Song.
Also, they accused of the same crime one Kaikai Zhao.
He studied machine learning and artificial intelligence as a graduate student at Indiana University.
The last two are both accused of having undisclosed ties to the Chinese military.
John Brown, who leads the FBI’s National Security Branch, said there are more.
They identified visa holders in more than 25 American cities with hidden affiliations with the Chinese military.
Body Of Evidence
U.S. authorities said they have evidence that the Chinese government is involved.
Benjamin Kingsley, an assistant U.S. attorney, wrote in court papers, said:
“(The Chinese government is) instructing these individuals to destroy evidence and [is] coordinating efforts.”
FBI agents interviewed Tang, the UC Davis researcher, at her apartment in June.
They also served a search warrant, seizing her Chinese passport and various “electronic media.”