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China threatens to detain U.S. citizens if DOJ prosecutes scholars with Chinese military ties

Chinese officials told the Trump administration it may detain Americans if the Department of Justice prosecutes scholars suspected of having ties to China's military, the Wall Street Journal first reported and Axios confirmed.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in tensions between the U.S. and China and comes four months after Chinese authorities charged two Canadians with espionage in what American and Canadian officials believe was to avenge the arrest in Canada of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who may face extradition to the U.S.

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