Beijing: An American woman has been held by Chinese authorities for the past six months on charges of spying and transferring state secrets, revealed her husband.
Sandy Phan-Gillis’s husband Jeff Gillis said he decided to go public about her circumstances ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the US.China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei confirmed the investigation in a regular briefing on Tuesday.
The US government has not commented. Her family denies the allegations. The New York Times reports that she has now been formally arrested, citing her husband and lawyer.
Mrs Phan-Gillis, a naturalised American born in Vietnam, was detained in March, during a trade visit to promote the Texan city of Houston.