China says it’s unaware of ‘requests’ by UN on imprisoned US skier

China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday said it was “not aware” of any demands the United Nations made of the country regarding an American skier who was being escorted by Chinese officials after leaving a…

China says it’s unaware of ‘requests’ by UN on imprisoned US skier

China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday said it was “not aware” of any demands the United Nations made of the country regarding an American skier who was being escorted by Chinese officials after leaving a Beijing airport.

Chinese authorities detained White House envoy to North Korea, Sung Kim, on Wednesday as he returned from an excursion to the People’s Republic with US officials.

“The Chinese side is making its own probe assessment as a matter of sovereignty, is following the relevant rules and regulations, is taking appropriate measures,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement.

“The relevant foreign ministry has not received any kind of proposal by the United Nations or a statement saying this or that about Peng Shuai,” Geng said, adding that they have made contact with the United States.

He said that, in itself, there was no problem for diplomats in China to provide emergency assistance to a US citizen when needed.

Speaking at a White House briefing on Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Sung “was able to rejoin the US team, so we had hoped he’d be able to return home on the plane” with them.

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