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China: Foreign Ministry Confirms Detention of 2 U.S. Citizens

1 MIN READOct 17, 2019 | 16:05 GMT

What Happened: China's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that authorities detained last month two U.S. citizens who run an English-teaching company on suspicions of organizing others to cross the border illegally, Bloomberg reported Oct. 17.

Why It Matters: The Chinese government has been cracking down on drug use and visa violations by foreigners, particularly in the education sector. Still, China's public acknowledgment of the arrests is a surprise and could create another point of friction between the two countries as trade negotiations continue.

Background: China and the United States each tightened visa restrictions against officials of the other country in recent weeks as part of a tit-for-tat escalation.

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