“Poor luck” for Chinese diplomats in Paris

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The death of Wu Jianmin, China’s former ambassador to France, in a bizarre “road accident” in Wuhan on June 16 is the latest unfortunate event to befall Chinese diplomats stationed in Paris. Wu Jianmin was a bitter critic of the extreme nationalism espoused by President Xi Jinping. Rumours are swirling in Beijing that the State Security intelligence service, or Guoanbu, was behind Wu’s accident. The diplomat had always been very close to the intelligence community. His wife Shi Yanhua was identified by the French intelligence services as the coordinator of certain Guoanbu operations in the late 1990s, including the surveillance of Taiwanese diplomats in Paris and Brussels. Former Red Guard Wu always had a rebel streak even when he was the spokesman for the foreign ministry. Wu’s death is not the only upset at the Chinese embassy on Paris’ Avenue George V. Last year, Wu Xilin, the commercial attache of the embassy, was discreetly recalled to Beijing and immediately arrested by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI)and placed under investigation for corruption associated with Chinese investments in French regions and territories including Corsica, Brittany, Reunion. As the investigation continues there are rumours that other Paris-based diplomats could be targets…