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Four Britons among foreigners arrested in China

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(File photo) They were arrested in the city of Xuzhou in Jiangsu province
Four Britons have been arrested in the Chinese province of Jiangsu, the British embassy in Beijing has said. The BBC understands the arrests are part of an operation last week that saw seven foreign teachers and nine foreign students from an international education firm detained. Police said all 16 foreigners tested positive for drug use, but did not specify the type of drugs involved.There are extremely severe penalties for drug offences in China.It is not clear what the nationalities of the other foreigners are.
"We are in contact with the Chinese authorities following the arrest of four British people in Jiangsu province, and are providing consular assistance," the British embassy said.
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It said the drug-related incident had taken place during "non-work" hours. EF first entered China in 1998 and has around 2,000 English teachers now based in the country. The company says it hires teachers full time, on 12-month contracts and says there is no need for its teachers to speak Chinese to teach in China.
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