China threatens to take US nationals hostage if multiple researchers who have been detained for Visa Fraud are not allowed to return to China.
China has increased its threats to the US that it will start taking American citizens living in China hostage if the do not release a Chinese research scientist.
Juan Tang entered the US in early 2019 and was then questioned by the US Department of Justice (DOJ). Tang had specified on her visa application that she had never worked for People’s Liberation Army.
However, she was interrogated, detained and arrested for Visa Fraud by the FBI in July once a photo was discovered of Tang in full PLA uniform.
Since the summer, Chinese government officials have been threatening the US with retaliation if Tang is not released and allowed to return to China.
The potential action by China, known as “Hostage Diplomacy, would be initiated as a direct response to the detainment of Tang and another four Chinese scientist who have also been detained by US officials.
The additional four scientists were also arrested for Visa Fraud to gain entry into the US however it has been subsequently discovered that those scientists, who all work at top US medical research facilities, are continuing members of the Chinese military.
However, China is still demanding that the US drop all charges against them and allow them to return to China.
Tensions between China and the US continue to escalate, and US official expect China to keep good on its threats to take US national hostage as a bargaining tool.
Tang has now been released on bail.
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