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BEIJING | China says accusations against alleged spy ‘out of thin air’

BEIJING — China said Thursday that accusations against an alleged Chinese spy accused of attempting to steal trade secrets from American aviation and aerospace companies were “made out of thin air.” Yanjun Xu, an operative of China’s Ministry of State Security, was charged Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ohio, after being extradited to the U.S. from Belgium. … Continue reading BEIJING | China says accusations against alleged spy ‘out of thin air’

PARIS | Interpol president reported missing during trip to China

PARIS — The president of Interpol, a former senior Chinese security official, has been reported missing after he traveled to his native country at the end of September, a French judicial official said Friday. Meng Hongwei‘s wife reported Friday that she had not heard from her 64-year-old husband since he left Lyon, France, where Interpol … Continue reading PARIS | Interpol president reported missing during trip to China

BEIJING | China criticizes US B-52 bomber missions as ‘provocative’

BEIJING — China on Thursday labeled a recent mission by nuclear-capable U.S. B-52 bombers over the disputed South China Sea as “provocative,” and said the U.S. was solely responsible for a recent downturn in relations between their militaries. Defense Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang also reiterated at a monthly briefing China’s objections to a recent U.S. … Continue reading BEIJING | China criticizes US B-52 bomber missions as ‘provocative’

BEIJING | Group: Officials destroying crosses, burning bibles in China

BEIJING — China’s government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China. The campaign corresponds with a drive to “Sinicize” religion by demanding loyalty … Continue reading BEIJING | Group: Officials destroying crosses, burning bibles in China

BEIJING | China rejects US lawmakers’ sanctions call over Muslim camps

BEIJING— China said Thursday that U.S. lawmakers were wasting taxpayer money by urging President Donald Trump’s administration to impose sanctions on Chinese officials allegedly tied to the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in camps in the far west. The lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin … Continue reading BEIJING | China rejects US lawmakers’ sanctions call over Muslim camps