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World China warns U.S. it may detain Americans over prosecutions: WSJ

02:20  18 october  2020
02:20  18 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

China warns it will detain American nationals following DOJ prosecution of Chinese scholars: report

  China warns it will detain American nationals following DOJ prosecution of Chinese scholars: report The Chinese government has repeatedly warned American officials that they could possibly detain United States nationals in China due to the Justice Department's prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. The sources said that the message, which has been issued through the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and multiple other channels, says that until U.S. officials drop charges against the scholars, Chinese officials may arrest Americans currently residing in the country. According to the Journal, the sources confirmed that over the summer, the U.S.

Chinese government officials are warning their American counterparts they may detain U . S . nationals in China in response to the Justice Department’ s prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars, according to people familiar with the matter. The Chinese officials have issued the warnings to U . S

: us ::cn: Chinese gov't officials are warning their American counterparts they may detain U . S . nationals in China in response to the Justice Department’ s prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars, according to people familiar with the matter - WSJ .

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Chinese government has warned Washington it may detain Americans in China in response to the Justice Department's prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

a flag flying on a cloudy day: FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund in Shanghai © Reuters/Aly Song FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund in Shanghai FILE PHOTO: U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu © Reuters/THOMAS PETER FILE PHOTO: U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu

The newspaper, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, said Chinese officials had issued repeated warnings through multiple channels to U.S. government officials.

The paper said China's message was the United States should end prosecutions of Chinese scholars in U.S. courts, or Americans in China could find themselves in violation of Chinese law.

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But it came amid worsening U . S .- China relations over a range of issues that include Beijing' s " U . S . citizens may be detained without access to U . S . consular services or information about their alleged Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Monday defended China after a reporter at

The U . S . State Department warned American citizens on Saturday to "exercise increased caution" in China due to "Security personnel may detain and/or deport U . S . citizens for sending The security alert comes as bilateral tensions intensify over issues ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, trade

The White House referred questions to the State Department, which did not immediately comment. The Justice Department also did not immediately respond to a query from Reuters.

A State Department advisory on Sept. 14 warning against travel to China said the Chinese government uses arbitrary detention of U.S. citizens and others "to gain bargaining leverage over foreign governments."

The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment on Saturday.

The Trump administration has increasingly accused China of suing cyber operations and espionage to steal U.S. technological, military and other know-how in a strategy to supplant the United States as the world's leading financial and military power. Beijing denies the allegations.

Beijing has threatened to arrest Americans in China if the US doesn't stop persecuting Chinese scholars

  Beijing has threatened to arrest Americans in China if the US doesn't stop persecuting Chinese scholars The latest escalation in tensions between Washington and Bejing dates back to July when the US arrested Chinese academics.China has communicated the threat to the White House on numerous occasions and through multiple channels, including the US embassy in Beijing, according to The Wall Street Journal.

WSJ ’ s Chao Deng spoke to people who were turned away from a hospital in the Chinese city because they don't display symptoms of the virus. SHANGHAI—The U . S . government was preparing to evacuate by air hundreds of Americans from central China on Wednesday in response to the deadly

Case of Chinese researcher at Boston University renews fears Beijing is targeting American academia. He found China ’ s military sponsored more than 2,500 scientists and engineers to study abroad over the prior decade, at times without their host schools’ knowledge of their military affiliation.

In July, the Justice Department said the FBI had arrested three Chinese nationals for allegedly concealing memberships in the Peoples Liberation Army when applying for visas to conduct research at U.S. academic institutions.

Last month, the United States said it had revoked visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals under a presidential measure denying entry to students and researchers deemed security risks, a move China called a violation of human rights.

At the time, a State Department spokeswoman said the United States continued to welcome "legitimate students and scholars from China who do not further the Chinese Communist Party's goals of military dominance."

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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