WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary Antony Blinken announced on Monday that the United States and China continue to discuss the release three U.S. Citizens who are currently detained in China.
Blinken told CBS News that he was actively discussing the issue.
Three Americans have been detained: David Lin, aged 67, a pastor who has been imprisoned since 2006 in China; Kai Li 60, who received a 10-year prison sentence on spying charges in 2018; and Mark Swidan a Texas-based businessman, convicted in 2019 by a Chinese court.
Washington claims that all three were wrongfully detained.
Blinken stated that the United States is committed to continuing to resolve all three cases. In the interview that followed his rare trip to Beijing, Blinken said, "I have not only brought up, but also discussed in some detail, the cases of the Americans detained."
Blinken stated that "it (their release), regardless of any other circumstance, would be a very positive and important development. We are working hard to achieve this."