#China retaliates by arresting #Americans - Two Americans are being detained in China in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese official in New York on visa fraud charges - Bad call, #USA is not #Canada, Trump is not Trudeau washingtontimes.com/news/2019/oct/…
“We are aware of the detention of 2 U.S. citizens in Jiangsu, China, and the charges being brought against them by the provincial government,” said a State Department official. “We take seriously our responsibility to assist U.S. citizens abroad and are monitoring the situation.”
A person familiar with the case said the timing of the arrests coincided with the arrest of a Chinese official in New York on visa fraud charges. The detentions in Jiangsu appear to be a Cold War-style hostage-taking, the source said.
#Beijing Confirms Arrest Of Two #Americans - Two Americans who run an English-teaching business in #China have been arrested and detained on "bogus" charges, according to a statement published on their company's Facebook page zerohedge.com/geopolitical/b…
Jacob Harlan, father of five & Alyssa Petersen, were arrested in Jiangsu province last month. Their detention echoes the arrest of two Canadian last year. One was a former diplomat, while the other ran a business taking westerners on tours of North Korea.
Their arrests are being reported amid negotiations between the US and Beijing over a potential trade deal. The State Department said that it's "aware" of the arrests and that it is taking its duty to assist the two US citizens seriously.
China Horizons said in a Facebook post last week that the pair "are being charged for bogus crimes and their families are working on getting them international lawyers to help them get back home to the States."
The company helps Americans find posts teaching English at Chinese schools. It said on its Facebook page that it now plans to shut down at the end of October.
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