India arrests three Chinese on suspicion of spying

Three Chinese nationals have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and spying on border security camps along India's northern borders, Indian police said.

India arrests three Chinese on suspicion of spying

Three Chinese nationals have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and spying on border security camps along India's northern borders, Indian police said on Wednesday.

The arrests were made in Uttar Pradesh state close to India's border with Nepal. Local police chief Sanjay Kakkar told Reuters the accused, including a woman, said they were employees of Chinese telecoms equipment maker, Huawei Technologies .

The arrests come a few weeks after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited India in a display of warmth that, however, failed to lift the veil of suspicion between the two nations or resolve a disputed border, a legacy from their brief 1962 war.

"We arrested them for trespassing as we found them on Indian soil without a valid Indian visa," Kakkar said, adding the three were caught taking photographs of border guards installations.

"We are suspecting their involvement in some money laundering activity as they were carrying Indian PAN (tax document) cards in their names."

Last year, three engineers with a Chinese construction firm were arrested and charged with homicide in connection with a chimney collapse that killed 41 people in central India in 2009.

Last year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned that China, India's main rival for regional resources and geopolitical clout, was seeking to expand its influence in South Asia.

Those comments came after India briefly banned imports of Chinese telecoms gear over spying fears. A series of attacks on Indian government websites by suspected Chinese hackers has also hardened Indian suspicion about potentially sensitive equipment from China.


Reuters

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