China charges US woman with espionage

(From Reuters)

An American businesswoman held in China since March last year has been charged with spying, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, the latest development in a case that has added to U.S.-China tensions.

Sandy Phan-Gillis

Sandy Phan-Gillis

Sandy Phan-Gillis, from Houston, Texas, who is of Chinese ancestry and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested in March 2015 and had been held without charges since then.

“Based on our understanding, Phan-Gillis, because of her suspected crimes of espionage, has been charged according to law by the relevant Chinese department,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular briefing.

“China is a country ruled by law. The relevant Chinese department will handle the case strictly according to law,” she said, without elaborating. Read More

 



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