The Chinese government decried the secret expulsion of two of its diplomats suspected of espionage in the United States, making it the first official acknowledgment by either side of the expulsions.
A statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry during a news conference on Tuesday demanded the U.S. reverse its decision.
“The U.S. accusation on our officials is completely inconsistent with the truth. We made stern representations and protests to the U.S. side. 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,” Geng Shuang, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said