FBI nearly arrested Chinese officials: Report

ANI | Updated: Nov 01, 2017 17:46 IST

Washington D C [United States], Nov.1 (ANI): The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) nearly arrested Chinese officials recently after they entered the United States to try to convince exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui to return to China.

Quoting major Taiwanese news source, Liberty Times Network's (LTN) recent report, the Washington-based Chinascope web site reported that China had sent four State Security officials to the United States in May to try to convince businessman Guo Wengui to return to China.

One of the four agents was Liu Yanping, Secretary of the Commission for Discipline Inspection in the Ministry of State Security.

According to the report, Beijing asked Guo to stop talking about topics involving political scandals which he had been doing for months.

As per media reports, Guo has accused high-ranking Chinese officials and prominent businessmen of government-related corruption.

The FBI was about to arrest the Chinese agents as they were boarding their return flight.

It called the move off as the White House, the State Department, the Department of Justice, and the Pentagon failed to reach an agreement on what action was to be taken.

In the end, the FBI confiscated the cell phones of the Chinese officials, while the US government stepped in to protect Guo Wengui as he had deep insider knowledge of Chinese politics and also because of his use as a "bargaining chip." (ANI)