D.The Chinese government has threatened the United States with the arrest of Americans in retaliation for accusing Chinese students of ties to the military, the newspaper said.
The Wall Street Journal, citing various sources, reports that Chinese government officials have repeatedly issued warnings to U.S. government officials through various channels. China is said to have sent a message that either the charges against Chinese students in U.S. courts will end, or that Americans could be charged with violating Chinese law.
Last month, the U.S. State Department warned against traveling to China because the Chinese government uses arbitrary arrests and travel bans as a “place to negotiate” with foreign governments. Last July, the FBI arrested three Chinese people on charges of concealing their membership in the People’s Liberation Army.
The three defendants wanted to apply for visas for research at U.S. facilities. The U.S. government has repeatedly accused China of stealing technology and military expertise in order to replace the U.S. as a leading financial and military power.