The Wall Street Journal reports, "For much of 2014, Mr. Ling was living under an alias in a mansion in a gated community in Loomis, Calif., near Sacramento, with Mr. Yuan's ex-wife, neighbors said. The couple hasn't been seen there since around October. Mr. Ling is now the focus of political intrigue that could overshadow a visit to the U.S. in September by China's leader, Xi Jinping. Diplomats and analysts said Mr. Ling might have had access through this brother to sensitive information about Chinese leaders. If he sought political asylum, Mr. Ling would be the most significant Chinese defector in decades. It isn't clear why Mr. Ling, 55 years old, moved to the U.S. in 2013 or 2014. He lost touch with many friends in China around last fall, a family acquaintance said, but later reassured friends he was safe in the U.S."
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