China is denying spying allegations against one of its diplomats who left Japan this month after refusing a police request to appear for questioning.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told reporters Wednesday it was baseless to call Li Chunguang a spy.
Japanese reports say police suspect Li was collecting intelligence on Japanese politicians and businessmen. The case points to enduring mistrust between the sides stemming from historical enmity, economic rivalry, and a territorial dispute over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.
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