Britain is seeking clarification from China why a group of its citizens were detained in Inner Mongolia.
The nine Britons were among 11 people arrested in the northern China province, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The two others have joint British and South African nationality.
The Independent is reporting that six of the British nationals will be deported shortly,
Their ages and identities have not been made public nor the reasons for their arrest.
British consular officers have visited the detainees.
The group was traveling with eight other South Africans and one Indian national on a month-long tour of ancient China when they were detained at the airport of the regional capital Ordos just before 10 a.m. on Friday, South African media reported.
“The Chinese criminal justice system differs greatly from the UK’s. Suspects may be detained for weeks or months before charges are laid or given a travel ban preventing them from leaving China, according to a British official cited by the Independent.
“Courts generally don’t grant foreigners bail. Travel bans can also be imposed on people involved in private or business disputes.”
Meanwhile, China has set a July 28 trial of a Korean-American missionary arrested last year over a non-profit school he ran near the sensitive border with North Korea, according to his lawyer.
Authorities have dropped three of the four charges against Peter Hahn, 74, probably for lack of evidence, his lawyer told Reuters, leaving the least serious charge of counterfeiting receipts.
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