Selin ATAY-TDO- China said it had lodged a protest with the US after it expelled two Chinese diplomats who reportedly drove onto a US military base.
Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the allegations made by the US against the Chinese diplomats were not in line with the facts.“We strongly demand that the US immediately correct its mistake, cancel the decision and protect the legitimate rights of Chinese diplomats in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” Geng said during a press briefing in Beijing.
“I want to remind the US again that international relations should be based on the mutual agreement of providing convenience and protection to diplomatic staff as stipulated in the Vienna convention.”
The officials were expelled on suspicion of espionage in September. According to New York Times report, the diplomats, accompanied by their wives, drove up to a checkpoint at the entrance to a sensitive installation near Norfolk in Virginia. A guard directed them to go through the gates, turn around and exit because they did not have permission to enter. The Chinese officials proceeded to enter the base, later saying they had not understood the guard’s instructions and were lost, but US officials were skeptical about the explanation, according to the report.