China refutes reports of Chinese spies operating in Brussels

Chinese Mission to the Europe Union on Saturday refuted reports that there are “hundreds of Chinese intelligence agents operating in Brussels,” saying it is “groundless” and urged relevant parties to view China and China-EU ties in a fair way.

“We are shocked at the groundless reports,” said a Chinese spokesperson. “China has always respected the sovereignty of all countries and does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.”

Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported that the European External Action Service (EEAS) estimates there are "about 250 Chinese and 200 Russian spies in the European capital," citing EU diplomats.

“We attach great importance to the EU and China-EU ties and we are committed to maintaining and promoting the healthy and stable development of China-EU relations,” stressed the spokesperson, adding that “we urge relevant parties to treat China and China-EU relations in an objective and fair way, and not to make irresponsible remarks.”