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N.Y.P.D. Officer Is Accused of Spying on Tibetans for China

Prosecutors said the officer told Chinese consulate officials that he could provide sensitive information about the internal operations of the Police Department.

“If it’s good or not, you need to know about this for your work’s sake,” Mr. Angwang said to the official, according to prosecutors. “They are the biggest venue for activities right now.”

That same month, Mr. Angwang received the “Cop of the Month” award from the New York Police Department, according to a Facebook post that has since been removed.

A lawyer for Mr. Angwang declined to comment. The Police Department said Mr. Angwang, who joined the force in 2016, had been suspended without pay.

Tibet, an autonomous region in China, has been a flash-point in U.S.-China relations for decades. Beijing considers Tibet to be part of its historical empire, but many Tibetans believe the region was illegally incorporated into China in 1951 and have pressed for independence.…

Nicole Hong

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