In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press conference today (9) that according to the current understanding, the Chinese embassy and consulate in the United States has received a notification from the United States that two Chinese citizens were arrested on Thursday, and the Consulate General in Houston has contacted the parties. We call on the U.S. side to investigate and handle the case properly in accordance with the law and to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens involved.
On December 31 last year, I was here to warn about similar situations. In view of the coming of the Spring Festival, we would like to remind overseas Chinese citizens to strengthen their awareness of law-abiding and self-protection, not to stay or take photos in military restricted zones or other sensitive areas, and to follow the relevant tips and signs strictly.
The Chinese government attaches great importance to safeguarding the safety and legitimate rights and interests of overseas Chinese citizens, and has consistently demanded that overseas Chinese citizens abide by local laws and regulations and refrain from any illegal activities. Chinese embassies and consulates abroad continue to provide necessary assistance to Chinese citizens within the scope of their duties. (Reporter, Hong Yang)