Jailed spy not Chinese
BEIJING: An American researcher sentenced to 10 years in prison for spying in Iran is not a Chinese national, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
The media had reported Wang Xiyue, 37, a history researcher who was imprisoned by Iran after being found guilty of being “an infiltrating American agent”, holds dual Chinese and American citizenship.
Lu Kang denied the claim, saying China does not recognise dual nationality.
“As he has American citizenship, I can tell you that he is definitely not a Chinese national,” Lu said.