White House warns off Chinese spies hunting for US man who could be the ‘most significant defector in decades’

Chinese spies in the United States thought to be a hunting a man who’s been called the ‘most significant defector in decades’ have been warned by the White House to stop the search.

The United States has sent a warning to Beijing about Chinese agents it says are operating covertly in America while working to pressure fugitives such as suspected defector Ling Wancheng to return to China.

Operation Fox Hunt is part of a worldwide effort by Beijing to repatriate fugitives, – including some suspected of corruption – and recover funds suspected of being tied to criminal activity.