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China says Canadian citizen being punished for working illegally

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By Reuters
China says Canadian citizen being punished for working illegally
FILE PHOTO: Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China's Foreign Ministry, speaks at a regular news conference, in Beijing, China, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo   -   Copyright  Jason Lee(Reuters)

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that a Canadian national is undergoing “administrative punishment” for working illegally, after Canada’s government said a third Canadian citizen had been detained in China.

There is clear consular communication between Canada and China, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing.

China last week detained two other Canadian citizens, saying they were both suspected of endangering China’s national security.

(Reporting by Philip Wen; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)