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Beijing replaces reporter who traded flirtatious emails with Tory MP

Xinhua News Agency journalist Shi Rong, shown with Conservative MP Bob Dechert, has returned home to China after 'flirtatious' e-mails sent to her by Mr. Dechert were made public.

China's state-controlled news agency has replaced its controversial Toronto correspondent.

Xinhua reporter Shi Rong had a flirtatious email exchange with Conservative MP Bob Dechert that was made public this summer.

Ms. Shi has since returned to China.

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Xinhua's Ottawa bureau chief tells The Canadian Press the agency has assigned a new chief correspondent to Toronto, and that Ms. Shi won't be returning to Canada.

No other details were available.

Mr. Dechert, parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, maintains his relationship with Ms. Shi was an innocent friendship.

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