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China says professor of Hokkaido university confessed to spying

Yuan Keqing is not been in contact since mid-June after visiting China for funeral

"The facts of the case are clear and the evidence is conclusive," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- China said Thursday it has detained a prominent Chinese scholar at a Hokkaido university for suspected espionage, claiming he has confessed to the crime.

"The facts of the case are clear and the evidence is conclusive," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said during a regular press briefing, stressing that Yuan Keqing, a professor of East Asian political history at the Hokkaido University of Education, is a Chinese citizen.

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