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China denies report it may detain Americans, says U.S. mistreats its scholars



FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund, before U.S. trade delegation meet their Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song


BEIJING (Reuters) - China denied on Monday that foreign nationals are under threat of arbitrary detention, following a newspaper report that Beijing had warned Washington it might arrest Americans in China.


The Chinese foreign ministry said it was Washington that was mistreating foreign citizens, accusing the United States of "outright political repression" of Chinese academics.


"The U.S. claim that foreign nationals in China are under threat of arbitrary detention is playing the victim and confusing black and white," Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular news briefing. China protects the safety and legitimate rights of foreigners, he said.


The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that Chinese officials had issued repeated warnings to U.S. government officials that China may detain Americans in response to the Justice Department's prosecution of Chinese scholars affiliated to the military.


In September, a State Department advisory warned against travel to China, saying the Chinese government uses arbitrary detention and exit bans for U.S. citizens and others "to gain bargaining leverage over foreign governments".


The Trump administration has increasingly accused China of using cyber operations and espionage to steal U.S. technological, military and other know-how. Beijing denies this.


Earlier this year, Chinese prosecutors in June indicted two Canadian citizens on espionage charges, a move seen by Western governments as punishment for Canada's arrest of Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in late 2018.


Beijing has denied the indictment was related to Meng's case and has repeatedly called for the release of Meng. China hopes Canada can think more about the future of the two countries' relationship and settle Meng's case at an early date, said Zhao.



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1 hour ago, Susco said:

China should be treated the same as their comrade North Korea.......isolated from the rest of the world


Sure. And how do you suggest the World goes about it, even if it somehow comes to an agreement on this?

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1 hour ago, Isaan sailor said:

And how do you suppose China’s technology and military got so strong so quickly?  Chinese “scholars” who work for American defense industry, and tech companies.

Really not how you run the race. About wining the race. US, Japan and Germany fine examples too. 

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16 hours ago, Eric Loh said:

US-China relationship have now sunk to the lowest level in decades. Seem the common denominator of this fall out is that it started since 2016. 

Can't be all Trump surely... they are very brazen and in all likelihood, Hillary would have gone to war by now.


17 hours ago, JohnOFphon said:

Cancel the Visa of ALL Chinese in the US, Then they can't be mistreated.

Know where you're coming from, but there is nowt wrong with normal Chinese to be fair. They are decent folk. It is that b'tard of a government that needs sorting. I still say nuke the next assembly before they get on top. There'll be a bit of 'fallout' for sure, but better now than later. Look what happened when we Brits allowed the Germans to gather... :whistling:

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