China is accused of trying to spy on a British embassy official in Beijing by hiding a listening device in a teapot.
- The insect was reportedly only found in the teapot when it crashed to the ground.
China has been accused of trying to spy on an official by hiding a listening device in a teapot.
The pot was given as a gift to an employee of the British Embassy in Beijing and the presence of an insect was only discovered when the teapot broke.
An insider said The sun: “Their hosts gave them a tea set as a farewell gift.
“They found it very charming and took the tea set home to Britain.
“Every time they had a Chinese meal, they would prepare this tea set and use it. One day they were washing the dishes and accidentally knocked over the teapot and it crashed onto the floor.
China has been accused of trying to spy on an official by hiding a listening device in a teapot (file image)
The bug is not believed to have collected private information. Pictured: Chinese President Xi Jinping
The source explained that when they bent down to pick up the broken pieces from the jar, they discovered that a recording device was hidden inside.
The bug is not believed to have collected private information.
News of the spying device comes just a week after it was revealed a Chinese spy was working in Westminster.
The man, aged in his 20s, was arrested under the Official Secrets Act after allegedly passing top secret documents to China.
The arrest was revealed last week, but he was arrested in March this year.
Fresh fears have been raised over Parliament’s security following allegations the so-called “Chinese spy” was able to access the Palace of Westminster for months without being checked.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently read the riot act to his Chinese counterpart over Beijing’s “unacceptable” interference in British democracy.