An American businesswoman held in China since March last year has been charged with spying, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, the latest development in a case that has added to U.S.-China tensions.
Sandy Phan-Gillis, from Houston, Texas, who is of Chinese ancestry and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested in March 2015 and had been held without charges since then.
“Based on our understanding, Phan-Gillis, because of her suspected crimes of espionage, has been charged according to law by the relevant Chinese department,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular briefing.
“China is a country ruled by law. The relevant Chinese department will handle the case strictly according to law,” she said, without elaborating. Read More