China on Monday denied as a fabrication a newspaper report that said a top aide of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was the suspected victim of a "honeytrap" operation by Chinese intelligence.
The Sunday Times said on Sunday that the aide had his BlackBerry mobile phone stolen earlier this year while he was accompanying Brown on a trip to China, after taking a woman he met in a disco to his hotel room.
The newspaper cited an unnamed British official as saying the incident had "all the hallmarks of a suspected honeytrap by Chinese intelligence", adding that the incident highlighted the "growing threat" of Chinese intelligence to Britain and the West.
"The related report is a sheer fabrication. We hope that in the future, there will be no more such irresponsible reports," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in a statement on the ministry's website.