China detains US businesswoman on national security concerns

2015-09-22 20:57
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Beijing - A US businesswoman of Chinese descent is under investigation after being detained on "suspicion of threatening China's national security," the Foreign Ministry said in Beijing on Tuesday. 

Sandy Phan-Gillis' case will be processed according to Chinese law, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said, confirming earlier reports of her detention. 

"China has arranged six meetings for Phan-Gillis with US personnel, her rights are secured, and she is in a good condition and healthy," he said. 

The Houston Chronicle reported on Monday that the Vietnamese-American of Chinese descent had been detained for six months and was being investigated for spying and stealing state secrets. 

Phan-Gillis' husband, US citizen Jeff Gillis, told the Chronicle he was publicising her case to coincide with Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the US this week in the hope of putting pressure on Chinese and US authorities to secure her release.

Gillis said his wife first went missing on March 19 while she was on a trade delegation to China. She was stopped on her way from Guangzhou to Macau in southern China. 

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