- Title: China says 122 of its citizens detained in Nepal over suspected cyber crime
- Date: 24th December 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (DECEMBER 24, 2019) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON GENG SHUANG ARRIVING AT DAILY NEWS CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, GENG SHUANG, SAYING: "According to the information I received at this point, these (Chinese) citizens are suspected of engaging in cross-border cyber fraud. The relevant case is currently under investigation. This is a very important case that is a result of active cooperation between the Chinese and Nepali police. China is willing to increase cooperation with Nepal in various fields, including law-enforcement, to jointly fight cross-border crime and promote friendly exchanges between people from the two countries." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
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- Keywords: Chinese Chinese foreign ministry Geng Shuang Nepal cyber crime detention
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
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- Story Text: China's foreign ministry on Tuesday (December 24) said that 122 of its citizens recently detained in Nepal are suspected of engaging in cross-border cyber fraud.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told media in Beijing that the case is "currently under investigation" and is a result of "active cooperation between the Chinese and Nepali police".
Nepal's chief of police said the Chinese nationals were rounded up in raids on Monday (December 23) following information that they were engaged in suspicious activities. The Chinese detainees are suspected of carrying out cyber crime and hacking into bank cash machines, and their passports and laptop computers had been seized.
Chinese nationals are regularly detained in Asian countries on suspicion of involvement in various illegal activities, often involving fraud back in China.
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