China threatens to detain innocent Americans after DOJ arrests Chinese ‘spies,’ Gen. Keane warns

20-Oct-2020 Intellasia | FoxNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Chinese government is threatening to detain innocent US nationals in China in retaliation to the Justice Department’s prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars, Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane warned Sunday.

“China wants to retaliate,” Keane told “Fox & Friends.” “They’ve done this kind of retaliation with the Canadians right now they’ve got two of them arrested…and they’ve also done it with the Australians and Swedes.

Jack Keane on the expiration of a UN arms embargo on Iran (Fox News)

Jack Keane on the expiration of a UN arms embargo on Iran (Fox News)

“The difference is, ” Keane continued, “we’re arresting spies. What China will likely do is detain Americans who have done nothing. They are not guilty of anything.”

Chinese officials reportedly issued several retaliatory warnings to US government representatives through the US Embassy in Beijing and other channelsaccording to the Wall Street Journalwho spoke with people familiar with the matter.

“The Chinese message, the people said, has been blunt: The US should drop prosecutions of the Chinese scholars in American courts, or Americans in China might find themselves in violation of Chinese law,” according to the newspaper.

China began issuing warnings this summer after the US arrested multiple Chinese scientists who were said to be visiting American universities to conduct research. They were charged with hiding their connection to the People’s Liberation Army from US immigration authorities, the Journal reported Saturday.

Keane said Chinese authorities have a history of detaining foreign nationals in what he characterised as “hostage” diplomacy.

“It’s not like the Cold War with the Soviet Union, [where] we arrested their spies, they arrested ours, and we exchanged them at some point,” he explained.

‘So, yes… hostages, that would be an appropriate description of what the Chinese intend to do.”



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