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China Threatens to Detain U.S. Citizens if DOJ Prosecutes Scholars

Chinese officials told the Trump administration they may detain Americans in China if the DOJ prosecutes scholars with ties to the Communist country’s military, the Wall Street Journal first reported and Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: It’s the latest escalation in tensions between the U.S. and China and comes four months after Chinese authorities charged two Canadians with espionage in what American and Canadian officials believe was to avenge the arrest in Canada of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou — who may face extradition to the U.S.

Driving the news: The Trump administration on July 22 ordered officials to close China’s consulate in Houston, citing commercial espionage and intellectual property theft concerns. Read more…..

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The Chinese Government has warned Washington that it may detain Americans in China in response to the Justice Department’s prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars.

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