China arrests Rio employees on trade secrets, bribery charges; drops more serious accusations

China formally arrests 4 Rio Tinto employees

SHANGHAI — China formally arrested four employees of Anglo-American mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. for infringing trade secrets and bribery, but stopped short of laying politically explosive espionage charges in a case that has strained ties with key trading partner Australia.

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China’s Xinhua says Rio Tinto employees face trade secrets infringement, bribery charges

Rio employees face trade secrets, bribery charges

SHANGHAI — China stopped short of laying politically explosive espionage charges against four employees of Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd., accusing them of infringing trade secrets and bribery in a case that has strained ties with key trading partner Australia.

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China arrests employees of miner Rio Tinto on spy charge; Australia presses for access

China arrests Rio Tinto employees on spy charge

BEIJING — Four employees of Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Ltd. have been arrested on charges of stealing state secrets, a government news agency reported Thursday, providing the first official Chinese confirmation of the case.

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Australian Rio Tinto executive detained in China on espionage charge

Australian executive held on spy charge in China

SYDNEY — China has detained an Australian executive of the world’s third-largest mining company on suspicion of espionage amid the company’s tough negotiations with China on iron ore prices, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

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