Germany’s Scholz sounds alarm because of far-right China spy claims

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz revealed on Wednesday claims that the aide to a necessary far-right politician had been spying for China were “very troublesome” and needed more action to be taken in order to root out such cases.

Trying to spy on Germany “unacceptable” wherever they emerged from, Scholz was speaking alongside British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in Berlin after China spy cases erupted in both nations in the same week.

Germany was in uproar after an aide to a European Parliament member for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was arrested on Tuesday. He is accused of passing information about conversations in the European Union legislature to Chinese intelligence and spying on the Chinese opposition.

The case has put the AfD on the back foot after it surged to become Germany’s second-most popular party ahead of European and local elections this year. It has also fed wider anxieties over Europe as a target for Chinese and Russian spying operations. Germany had this week arrested three people in a separate case about funnelling sensitive technology to China for military purposes.

The latest arrests “shouldn’t make us complacent, but rather spur us to catch those who spy in opposition to us and our safety in our nations,” Scholz revealed. The last case concerns a person identified by prosecutors only as Jian G., who is alleged of leaking information about conversations in the European Union legislature to Chinese intelligence and spying on the Chinese opposition.