• Awkward: Chinese Diplomats Expelled from America; Chinese Government Not Happy

    Surge Summary:  Four Chinese nationals (including two diplomats) illegally entered a military base that houses SEAL Team 6. Authorities stopped them and expelled them from the country. China has objected to the U.S. response.

    Things between the U.S. and China have been a little ticklish of late … and they just got a wee bit more so:

    National Review’s Zachary Evans reports:

    The U.S. secretly expelled two Chinese diplomats in September after entering a Virginia military base that houses the headquarters of SEAL Team 6, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

    The diplomats, along with their wives, were detained after the four drove through the outer perimeter of the Dam Neck Annex of Naval Air Station Oceana, south of Virginia Beach. They ignored orders from guards to turn back and were only stopped by fire trucks that were driven to block their path, according to the Times. One of the men is allegedly an intelligence operative with diplomatic cover.

    Umm … yeah … nothing fishy about that behavior, is there …

    U.S. officials, not surprisingly, have refused to comment on the incident or, for that matter, even confirm or deny it occurred. China didn’t follow suit, however. On Monday, the Communist regime disgruntledly acknowledged the two diplomats were booted out of the country.

    “The US accusation on our officials is completely inconsistent with the truth,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, who was formerly stationed at the country’s embassy in Washington. “We urge the U.S. to correct its mistake, withdraw this decision and protect Chinese diplomats’ legitimate rights and interests according to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.”

    Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Uriah Orland informed the Times he had no additional information about the matter, offering, “We take the security of all our installations very seriously.”

    The news comes at a time of escalated tensions between the U.S. and China. The two countries are currently locked in a trade war, and President Trump is currently pushing for a trade agreement that will see both sides reduce tariffs on imports.

    Assuming the details provided are accurate, it would seem the station and the nation had no other choice but to react as they did.

    And what on earth were these Asian envoys thinking? You wouldn’t exactly describe their breach as surreptitious. Were they expecting the U.S. to do shrug its shoulders and chuckle in the face of this contretemps?

    Meantime …

    There have been several other recent U.S.-China espionage incidents, including the sentencing of a former CIA officer who was convicted of spying for China.

    So we are reminded once again why the ongoing struggles with China can’t simply be waved away. President after president has grappled with this issue – and it’s possible they may have to continue to do so far into the future.

    H/T: National Review/Zachary Evans

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