The official is believed to be an employee in the Ministry of State Security, China’s main intelligence agency. The United States and Chinese governments have not given any hint publicly of the discovery of the spying suspect. If the case were to be brought into the open, it could become another point of friction in a year of sharp diplomatic tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Earlier this year, the Communist Party was dealing with a fragile moment in China’s relations with the United States. In February, a former Chinese police chief drove to the United States Consulate in Chengdu to present evidence linking the wife of a Politburo member, Bo Xilai, to the killing last year of a British businessman. The police chief, Wang Lijun, was escorted to Beijing by officials from the Ministry of State Security after spending a night in the consulate.
There have been sharp twists in diplomatic relations between the United States and China this year. Just two months after Mr. Wang, the police chief, showed up at the American Consulate, a persecuted Chinese activist and self-trained lawyer, Chen Guangcheng, escaped from guards keeping him under house arrest in his village and reached the American Embassy in Beijing. Mr. Chen was brought into the embassy right before a round of talks known as the Strategic and Economic Dialogue between the two nations, and diplomats from each country negotiated hastily to resolve his fate. Last month, Mr. Chen flew to the United States with his family to start a fellowship at New York University School of Law.
This is bigger then Yu Qiangsheng !!!
will damage relations with china ..
Clinton declines comment on China espionage case - Chicago Tribune
"We have a very important, comprehensive relationship with China that is inclusive of a very broad range of important concerns. We cooperate on many areas ... That doesn't mean we agree on every issue, because we certainly do not," she added.
Clinton said the two countries' relationship had hit problems from time to time, but it was in their mutual interest to maintain the link.
"The goal for our relationship with China is to ensure that we defy history," Clinton said. "It has never happened that an established, preeminent power, and a rising power, have been able to find a way to not only coexist but cooperate ... We intend to make history with our relationship with China."