Date
17 January 2017
Chen Wei was jailed for leaking information about Chinese ships patrolling islets in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters
Chen Wei was jailed for leaking information about Chinese ships patrolling islets in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters

China jails man 7 years for spying related to Diaoyu Islands

China has jailed for seven years a man who gave information to an unnamed foreign power about Chinese military and other ships patrolling islets in the East China Sea disputed with Japan, Reuters reported Thursday, citing state media.

The man, named as Chen Wei, from Zhejiang province, was recruited while working overseas, state television said late Wednesday, in its second report this week on people jailed for security-related crimes.

Chen’s recruiter, Ji Tian, whose nationality was not specified, roped him in by initially feigning an interest in Christianity and saying he wanted to learn Chinese, the report said.

Ji used their growing friendship to ask Chen to take pictures of harbors in Zhejiang — which lies close to the uninhabited islands, called the Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan.

Chen was caught in December 2013 after taking pictures of a military base and sentenced to seven years in jail, the TV report said. It did not say when he was sentenced.

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