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US-China tensions

Companies unnerved by China detentions, says U.S. business group

American Chamber head Michael Hart notes it still rare for expatriates to be held

Business sentiment regarding China-U.S. relations has taken a turn for the worse, according to a recent survey of American companies.    © AP

SHANGHAI -- Foreign businesses in China say the safety of their personnel and family has become a "major concern" after a number of expatriates were detained recently, with Beijing's move to broaden its counterespionage law adding to their unease.

Business sentiment regarding China-U.S. relations has also worsened, while nearly a quarter of U.S. companies are or are preparing to shift away from Asia's largest economy, according to a recent survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

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