Deng Guilian, the wife of detained Chinese labor activist Hua Haifeng, speaks during an interview in Ganzhou in southeastern China's Jiangxi Province, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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China's government on Tuesday rejected a U.S. State Department call to release three activists detained while investigating a Chinese company that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands.Such tactics are not uncommon in China, which has been cracking down on perceived threats to the ruling Communist Party, particularly from sources with foreign ties such as China Labor Watch, the New York-based nonprofit that was leading the investigation.The company has denied the allegations and says it stopped producing Ivanka Trump shoes months ago.Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a regular news briefing Tuesday that the men working with China Labor Watch had been accused of using secret recording devices to disrupt normal commercial operations and would be dealt with under Chinese law.China Labor Watch executive director Li Qiang has said all three men, whom he lost contact with late last month, are not guilty and did not use secret recording devices.
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