Chinese officials are allegedly warning that the country might detain people from the United States.
Leaders from the nation reportedly threatened this action in response to the prosecution of multiple Chinese military-affiliated scholars in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter.
The apparent warnings have come repeatedly and through multiple different channels.
Over the summer, the Justice Department began charging Chinese scientists for failing to disclose to customs authorities their active-duty status with the People’s Liberation Army. At least some were reportedly still coordinating their activities with Chinese diplomats.