According to sources quoted by the publication, Chinese officials issued repeated warnings, through multiple channels, addressed to the American government.

China’s message is that the United States must stop prosecuting Chinese academics in US courts, because otherwise Americans in China will also be indicted in China.

The State Department issued a warning on September 14 regarding travel to China, saying the Chinese government is using arbitrary detention and a ban on leaving the country by U.S. citizens and others, “to gain an advantage in negotiations with foreign governments “.

The Chinese embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.

The Trump administration has stepped up allegations that China is using cyber and espionage operations to steal US technological, military and other know-how in a strategy to overtake the United States as the largest financial and military power. from the world. Beijing denies the allegations.

In July, the Justice Department announced that the FBI had arrested three Chinese citizens for allegedly hiding members of the People’s Liberation Army when they applied for visas to conduct research at American academic institutions.

Last month, the United States announced that it had revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese citizens as part of a presidential move to block the arrival of students and researchers considered a risk to national security.

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