China threatens to take Americans hostage if DOJ doesn’t drop charges against researchers

Chicoms best be careful – they aren’t dealing with a President Biden here (and hopefully they never will be).

The NY Post reports that the Chicoms are threatening to take Americans in China hostage if the Department of Justice doesn’t drop its prosecution of several Chinese research scientists arrested on in the U.S. this year. From their story:

“Chinese government officials have repeatedly warned their U.S. counterparts that Americans in China face being detained if its demands are not met, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The drastic action — dubbed “hostage diplomacy” — would be in retaliation for the arrests of at least five Chinese military-affiliated scholars visiting American universities to conduct research.

The scientists were charged with visa fraud for allegedly lying to U.S. immigration authorities about their active duty statuses with China’s People’s Liberation Army.

The nation first began issuing the warnings over the summer, after Chinese research scientist Juan Tang, who worked at the University of California, Davis, was questioned by the FBI and took up residence for a month in China’s San Francisco consulate. Chinese officials vowed to retaliate if she wasn’t allowed to leave the consulate and return home, according to the report.

U.S. officials expected China to make good on the threat — but it didn’t, and the FBI arrested Tang in July when she left consulate grounds, the Journal reported.

Tang is currently out on bail after pleading not guilty to visa fraud charges. Her lawyer, Malcolm Segal, denied that China had sought to interfere in his client’s case.

At least four other researchers have been accused of hiding their ties to the Chinese military and pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

The State Department ordered China in July to close its Houston consulate and told all Chinese military researchers remaining in the U.S. to leave.

Sources told the Journal the decision was made after U.S. officials said Chinese diplomats were coordinating with the scholars to collect cutting-edge scientific research from American universities.

A State Department spokesman declined to address China’s alleged threats but told the newspaper, “We warn U.S. citizens that business disputes, court orders to pay a settlement, or government investigations into both criminal and civil issues may result in an exit ban which will prohibit your departure from China until the issue is resolved.”

Read the whole story here.

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the truth of god
the truth of god
1 month ago

don’t make a promise and 2 minutes of bull ruin your whole country. remember, we will break your financial system and bankrupt your filthy and murderous society. we hold the cards and you can’t stand it. we will take ALL our trade from you and give it to a country that does not GENOCIDE its own people

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
1 month ago

China really should know better than to play this game with President Trump-by now they’ve,no doubt,seen that they’re trying to game a Man who’s always willing to be fair and reasonable,unless they try to cheat America,or abuse their Citizenry. Then it gets ugly,and won’t end well for them.

CogitoErgoSumantra
CogitoErgoSumantra
1 month ago

America has to get smart when it comes to allowing foreign students into our universities, to learn our unequaled scientific and engineering knowledge, then take it back to their home lands to use it against us. Perhaps worse is the progressive socialist ideologies these foreign students bring into our country, spreading them like a virus until, combined with the marxism taught by certain departments (saw two female professors of “female gender and sexuality studies” this Sunday on the news shows — blathering about their political views), it leads to the rebellious anarchy we have witnessed in the streets (and government)… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
Admin
1 month ago

The State Dept already has a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) travel alert about China. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html

They should update the alert to Level 4 – Do Not Travel.

Tell the State Dept to update their travel alert: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/contact-us/report-website-issues.html

I just did.

TrailDust
Admin
1 month ago

China is showing its true colors.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago
Reply to  TrailDust

Lebensraum is next.