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Germany arrests three for giving technology to China

By Reuters
April 23, 2024
A representational image of Chinese and German flags. — AFP/File
A representational image of Chinese and German flags. — AFP/File  

BERLIN: Three Germans have been arrested on suspicion of working with the Chinese secret service to hand over technology that could be used for military purposes, potentially helping to strengthen China’s navy, German officials said on Monday.

The arrests came a week after Chancellor Olaf Scholz travelled to China to press Beijing on its support for Russia’s wartime economy and to raise issues of intellectual property theft and fair market access. The Chinese embassy in Berlin said Beijing firmly rejected accusations that it carried out spying activities in Germany.

Prosecutors identified the suspects as Herwig F. and Ina F, a married couple who run a company in Dusseldorf, and Thomas R., described by prosecutors as an agent for an unidentified employee of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS). The couple concluded a cooperation agreement with a German university through their company, which involved preparing a study for the MSS employee on machine parts that can be used for marine engines such as in warships, prosecutors said.