NYPD officer accused of spying for China

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An officer from the New York Police Department has been charged with acting as an illegal agent for China.

Baimadajie Angwang, born in Tibet, is accused of reporting on the activities of Chinese citizens in the New York area and of assessing potential sources of intelligence in the Tibetan community.

The naturalized US citizen, who worked for the police department’s community affairs unit, was arrested on Monday.

If found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison.

According to prosecutors, Angwang is also employed by the United States Army Reserve, as a civil affairs specialist.

He is accused of having been in contact with two officials of the Chinese consulate.

In addition to reporting on Tibetans in the city, he allegedly gave the consulate access to senior NYPD officials through invitations to official events.

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Angwang told his Chinese official he wanted to be promoted to the NYPD so that he could help China and bring the country “glory”, according to court documents.

Angwang is also accused of committing wire fraud, misrepresenting and obstructing official proceedings.

Court documents say he received “several substantial wire transfers from the PRC [People’s Republic of China] ».

According to the documents, her father is a retired member of the Chinese military and a member of the Chinese Communist Party. Her mother is also a party member and a former government official.

“As alleged in this federal complaint, Baimadajie Angwang has violated all the oaths he has taken in this country. One in the United States, another in the United States military and a third in this police department, ”NYPD Commissioner Dermot F Shea said in a statement.

Tibet, a remote and predominantly Buddhist territory, is ruled as an autonomous region of China. Beijing says the region has developed considerably under its rule.

But rights groups say China continues to violate human rights, accusing Beijing of political and religious oppression – which Beijing denies.

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