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Report: U.S. Secretly Expelled Two Chinese Diplomats



United States secretly expelled two Chinese embassy officials in
September after they drove onto a sensitive military base in
Virginia, The New York Times reported Sunday. The newspaper, which
cited people with knowledge of the episode, said it appeared to be
the first time in more than 30 years that the US has expelled Chinese
diplomats on suspicion of espionage. At least one of the diplomats
was believed to be an intelligence officer operating under cover, the
Times said. The Times said the diplomats, accompanied by their wives,
drove up to the checkpoint at the entrance to a sensitive
installation near Norfolk, Virginia that includes special operations
forces. The guard saw that they didn’t have permission to enter and
directed them to go through the gates, turn around and exit. The
Chinese officials continued onto the base, evading military personnel
pursuing them until they were forced to stop by fire trucks blocking
their path, according to the Times. It said the officials said they
didn’t understand the guard’s instructions and got lost.