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Britons arrested in China – Foreign Office

Eleven Britons have been arrested along with South African and an Indian nationals in northern China according to the British Foreign Office.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “Nine British nationals, and two dual British-South African nationals have been detained in northern China. Consular staff have visited the group to provide assistance and we are liaising with Chinese authorities.”

While the reasons remain unclear, it is believed that some of the group had watched ‘propaganda videos’ and had ‘suspected ties to terror groups’.


11 of the 20 have been released but remain in detention without being charged until flights out of China can be booked for them. The remaining nine, of which three are British, five are South African and one is Indian, are still being held.

By Fiona Carty

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