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Detained Japanese businessman was spy, Chinese envoy says

Wu Jianghao calls on Tokyo to formulate 'autonomous' China policy

Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wu Jianghao speaks at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on April 28. (Photo by Kohei Fujimura) 

TOKYO -- The detention of a Japanese employee of drugmaker Astellas Pharma in China involves espionage, Beijing's new ambassador to Tokyo, Wu Jianghao, alleged on Friday.

Responding to questions from reporters at the Japan National Press Club, Wu said: "The core of this incident is that it is a spy incident that touches on China's national security. That fact is becoming more and more certain."

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