THE Chinese consulate in San Francisco is harboring a biologist who lied about her connections to Chinese military in order to receive a visa and enter the United States.
An FBI investigation revealed Tang Juan, a researcher at the University of California, Davis, wsa photographed “in the uniform of the Civilian Cadre of the PLA [People’s Liberation Army],” according to court documents filed by the agency.
But on her J-1 visa application, she stated that she “had never served in the military”, the filing claimed.
Juan had also worked as a researcher at the Air Force Military Medical University, also known as FMMU [Fourth Military Medical University], a PLA-affiliated training school for military medical workers, the FBI claimed.
Fox News obtained a copy of the filing, which detailed several other instances when Chinese nationals allegedly lied about their military links on their US visa applications.
In a June 20 interview with FBI agents, Tang denied her military connections and said she only wore a military uniform to school because it was required for attendance, the filing claims.
The FBI then revealed it executed a search warrant at Tang’s home in California, where they found more evidence of her PLA affiliation.
At least one case “of a military scientist copying or stealing information from American institutions at the direction of military superiors in China,” the FBI claimed.
The court documents contained similar evidence against other Chinese scientists, prompting the agency to believe that Tang’s case was part of a larger program run by the PLA, or China’s armed forces.
The FBI’s report comes as President Donald Trump ordered the Chinese consulate to close in Texas following reports of spying and espionage.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the closure of the Houston branch on Tuesday during a press conference in Denmark.
According to Pompeo, President Trump said: “Enough, we’re not going to allow this to continue to happen.”
“We are setting out clear expectations for how the Chinese Communist Party is going to behave,” said Pompeo.
“And when they don’t, we’re going to take actions that protect the American people, protect our national security, and also protect our economy and jobs.”
Dramatic footage showed fire trucks outside the consulate in Houston as workers burned top secret files following the US order to shut down.
According to the New York Times, the US only gave the Chinese consulate in Houston 72 hours to close.
The order to close was reportedly due to “massive illegal spying and influence operations.”