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UC Davis Researcher Accused Of Espionage Has Federal Charges Dropped

Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against a UC Davis researcher who they accused of being a Chinese spy.

Days before the trial was set to begin in for a Chinese researcher, Dr. Juan Tang, who is accused of lying to gain entry to the US, federal prosecutors have asked a judge to dismiss the case. Tang's trial was set to begin Monday on a charge of lying on her visa application about whether she had been a member of the Chinese military.

Agents said they believe Tang sought refuge at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco after they interviewed her at her home in Davis, and they accused the consulate of harboring a known fugitive. She was taken into custody after emerging from the consulate for a doctor's appointment, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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