Canada has sent a Chinese diplomat packing for spying on Falun Gong practitioners
while posted in Ottawa, says a newspaper report.
The government recently refused to extend the diplomatic visa of Wang Pengfei,
a second secretary at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, according to the Epoch
Times, which publishes in several countries and reports extensively on persecutions
Wang, who worked as an education officer, left the country prior to Oct. 25,
when his existing visa was to expire, according to the report.
It first appeared in the paper’s Chinese-language edition, and was published
in English in Canada on Thursday.
Wang is said to have been gathering information on Chinese- Canadian devotees
of Falun Gong, an ancient meditative practice banned by Beijing, as well as
inciting students to help him. …
The allegation came amid reports the Chinese government snubbed Canada by calling
off a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chinese President Hu
Jintao. An official said Thursday the meeting would go ahead after all.
Wang’s name appeared on the roster of foreign diplomats in Canada published
in September, but is not included in the most recent index, from November.
Sources told the Epoch Times that Wang believed his rejection was tied to his
activities in Canada, which went beyond his prescribed duties as a diplomat.
A Foreign Affairs spokesman said Thursday the department could not discuss
diplomats posted to Canada.
A media officer at the Chinese Embassy did not return calls Wednesday or Thursday.
The embassy has denied spying on Falun Gong practitioners.
The Epoch Times is a private news media company with corporate offices in New
It states that it is an independent voice in news. Its English- language print
edition is distributed weekly in Canada, often free of charge, and other major
The newspaper reports extensively on persecutions in China, especially of Falun
Gong practitioners. On its website, it has a running tally on the number of
people who have renounced the Chinese Communist party.
Posting date: 25/Nov/2006
Original article date: 17/Nov/2006
Category: Media Report