China: Government accuses Rio Tinto of spying for six years
Date: 9 Aug 2009
China has said it believes that mining company Rio Tinto has engaged in industrial espionage in the country over the last six years. Four of the company's employees have been held in custody for a number of weeks.
According to China's state secrets agency, Rio Tinto had been engaged in gathering intelligence by deceit and other "abnormal means".
The charges potentially signal toughening times for foreign companies doing business in China. A recent report talked about "traitors" enriching themselves at the expense of Chinese firms.
Rio Tinto said that it believed it had operated with integrity in its dealings in China and according to its ethical policy.
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