Singapore cancels permanent residence of academic deemed agent of foreign influence

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore on Friday said it has canceled the permanent residence status of a professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, whom it identified as being a U.S. citizen and an agent of influence by a foreign country.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement Huang Jing, a professor of U.S.-China relations, “knowingly interacted with intelligence organizations and agents of the foreign country”.

The government also revoked the permanent residence of Huang’s wife, Shirley Yang Xiuping. Neither was immediately available for comment. The ministry identified the couple as U.S. citizens but did not identify the country with which Huang was said to be interacting.

“Huang used his senior position in the LKYSPP to deliberately and covertly advance the agenda of a foreign country at Singapore’s expense,” the ministry said.

“He did this in collaboration with foreign intelligence agents.”

The LKYSPP, named after Singapore’s modern founding father, is a postgraduate school of the National University of Singapore which it says “educates and trains the next generation of Asian policy-makers and leaders”.

Reporting by Sam Holmes; Editing by Nick Macfie

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