2 Ja­panese held in es­pi­onage case

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By AGEN­CIES and CHINA DAILY

China has ar­rested two Ja­panese on sus­pi­cion of spy­ing, the Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry said on Wed­nes­day.

Ja­pan said that two had been held since May that diplo­mats were do­ing all they could to help.

Ja­pan’s Asahi news­pa­per said the two men were from the pri­vate sec­tor.

One was taken into cus­tody in north­east­ern China’s Liaon­ing province near the bor­der with North Korea, and the other in the eastern province of Zhe­jiang near a mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity, the pa­per said.

The news­pa­per added that China ap­peared to be look­ing into whether the men were act­ing un­der in­struc­tions from the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment.

Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news brief­ing that the two had been ar­rested “in ac­cor­dance with the law for en­gag­ing in es­pi­onage ac­tiv­i­ties. China has al­ready no­ti­fied Ja­pan of the sit­u­a­tion.”

Ja­panese Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga con­firmed that two Ja­panese had been in cus­tody since May. “Diplo­mats are tak­ing all ap­pro­pri­ate steps and pro­vid­ing all pos­si­ble as­sis­tance,” he said.

Ear­lier in the day, Suga said: “Our coun­try is cer­tainly not do­ing such things. I would like to say that this is the same with re­gard to all coun­tries.”

In 2010, four Ja­panese na­tion­als were tem­po­rar­ily de­tained in China on sus­pi­cion of en­ter­ing a mil­i­tary zone and tak­ing pho­to­graphs with­out per­mis­sion.

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Ja­pan’s Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga.

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