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Prosecutors say Angwang once sought guidance from his handler after the NYPD proposed that he sit for an interview with a New York City news outlet that supports the Falun Gong, a spiritual group outlawed in China.

Angwang also tried to connect one of his consulate contacts with influential members of the NYPD by inviting the official to events, porsecutors said. He's also accused of telling a consulate official he could provide non-public information about the NYPD's internal operations.

Because of his secret level security clearance due to his position in the Army Reserve as well as his good standing in the NYPD, Angwang frequently communicated information to "to raise our country's soft power" to multiple Chinese officials since 2014.

China on Tuesday said allegations against a New York City police officer charged with being an "intelligence asset" for the Chinese government are a "pure fabrication" and part of a USA plot to smear Chinese diplomats in the United States.

Despite the man's claims he was tortured in China because of his ethnicity, the investigation allegedly revealed that both of his parents were members of the Chinese Communist Party. He allegedly received tasks from and reported back to them, even referring to one of the officials repeatedly as "Boss".

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Prosecutors say Angwang, a naturalised USA citizen who was born in China, has acted as an agent of that country's government since at least 2014.

The Chinese consulate in NY issued a statement Tuesday, describing its work as "above board and beyond reproach".

Authorities said he "initially traveled to the United States on a cultural exchange visa".

Angwang's job was to "locate potential intelligence sources" and "identify potential threats to the PRC in the NY metropolitan area", court papers say.

The alleged espionage activity occurred from May 2018 to his arrest this week, prosecutors said. "One to the United States, another to the U.S. Army, and a third to this Police Department", Shea said.

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After inviting the official to the NYPD's annual Asian Jade Banquet - a move the official was wary of - Angwang told the individual the consulate "should be happy instead. because, because you have extended your reach into the police department", court documents show.

Mr Angwang, who makes about $50,000 (£40,000) a year, in 2016 wired $100,000 to his brother's account in China, according to investigators.

"None of these activities falls within the scope of Angwang's official duties and responsibilities with either the NYPD or the USAR", the complaint said.

Angwang is also accused of obstructing an "official proceeding" - his Department of Defense national security background investigation.

The complaint claims that Angwang "did knowingly act in the United States as an agent of a foreign government" and "without prior notification to the Attorney General of the United States, as required by law".

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