Chinese officials are warning the U.S. government that continuing to prosecute immigrant scholars over illicit ties to the Chinese military will place Americans in China at risk of retribution.
Members of the Chinese government have been passing messages along to American officials since the summer, warning them that a continued Department of Justice crackdown against Chinese scholars in the United States will eventually result in the Chinese government arresting Americans in China, sources familiar with the messages told The Wall Street Journal. The Chinese threat has been dubbed “hostage diplomacy.”
China has long been accused of engaging in such tactics for years, arresting foreigners on charges that the prisoners’ home countries say are fabricated. In some cases, the arrests are made as Beijing is involved with some sort of negotiation with the prisoners’ home government. In others, the people arrested have made statements or acts seemingly at odds with the Chinese Communist Party.
In February, Swedish citizen and Hong