Chinese government officials are warning their American counterparts not to arrest US nationals in China in response to the Justice Department’s prosecution of Chinese military scholars, according to people familiar with the matter.
Chinese officials have repeated the warnings and addressed US government officials on multiple channels, including the US Embassy in Beijing.
The Chinese embassy is blunt: The US should stop prosecuting Chinese scholars in American courts because Americans in China may be violating Chinese law.
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China issued the warning this summer after the US arrested a number of Chinese scientists who were visiting American universities for research, accusing them of concealing their active service status with the People̵
The arrests were the subject of an article in the Wall Street Journal that also reported US allegations that Chinese diplomats were coordinating activities with the researchers, and described this as a factor that ordered China to close its consulate in Houston in July and the remaining military scientists from the country.
The Chinese authorities have occasionally arrested foreigners in what their governments considered to be unfounded or, in some cases, diplomatic retaliation. This tactic has been referred to as “hostage diplomacy” by many in Washington political circles. China has refused to allow US citizens to leave the country and has arrested, charged or sentenced Canadian, Australian and Swedish citizens for making false accusations.
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