- Title: China detains six Japanese on suspicion of "illegal activities"
- Date: 22nd May 2017
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (MAY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING WALKING IN FOR A REGULAR BRIEFING MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN, HUA CHUNYING, SAYING: "According to what I understand, the relevant Chinese department is, in accordance with the law, investigating six Japanese citizens on suspicion of engaging in illegal activities in China. They will in a timely manner inform relevant Japanese consular authorities in China in accordance with a China-Japan Consular Agreement." BRIEFING IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF THE CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 5th June 2017 11:18
- Keywords: Hainan Province Shandong Province Japanese consular investigation espionage Japan
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016HX6IIT
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: China is investigating six Japanese citizens on suspicion of "illegal activities", China's foreign ministry said on Monday (May 22), after Japanese media reported they may have been suspected of spying.
Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular news briefing that Japanese consular authorities had been informed of the investigation but declined further comment.
Japan's Kyodo news agency cited an unidentified Japanese government source as saying the six men had possibly been detained on suspicion of espionage.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed that six men had been detained in March by the Chinese authorities in Shandong Province and Hainan Province, but declined to comment on allegations of espionage. Both of the provinces have big Chinese military bases.
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