According to an article on Fox News, Chinese officials warned the American government, that Communist China may start arresting US citizens in China after the US arrested several Chinese scientists working in the US because of heir alleged ties to the Chinese military.
Fox News explains:
Chinese government officials are warning their American counterparts they may detain U.S. nationals in China in response to the Justice Department’s prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Chinese officials have issued the warnings to U.S. government representatives repeatedly and through multiple channels, the people said, including through the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
The Chinese message, the people said, has been blunt: The U.S. should drop prosecutions of the Chinese scholars in American courts, or Americans in China might find themselves in violation of Chinese law.
The Daily Wire explained a bit more about what was going on with those Chinese scientists:
Federal law enforcement officials arrested a professor at the University of Arkansas for allegedly concealing his involvement in a program that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses to steal intellectual property from U.S. institutions.
“Simon Ang of the University of Arkansas, was arrested on Friday and charged on Monday with wire fraud,” The New York Times reported. “He worked for and received funding from Chinese companies and from the Thousand Talents program, which awards grants to scientists to encourage relationships with the Chinese government, and he warned an associate to keep his affiliation with the program quiet.”
The Times reported that Ang’s alleged concealment of his financial agreement with the Chinese allowed him to secure funding from U.S. government agencies that ban people who receive funding from China.
And here is a partial list of others that were charged:
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Communist China also warned Canada
The Chinese Ambassador in Canada similarly warned that 300,000 Canadian Citizens living in Hong Kong were in danger if Canada did not stop accepting Hong Kong refugees. READ: Chinese envoy says Canada’s acceptance of Hong Kong refugees jeopardizes Canadians in former British colony AND John Ivison: No amount of smooth diplomatic phrases can mask China’s bullying