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China has arrested two foreign journalists—Straits Times chief China correspondent Ching Cheong and New York Times researcher Zhao Yan—for espionage and leaking state secrets. But officials have refused to specify exactly what the two men did. When other reporters asked if the government is cracking down on foreign journalists, Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan told them, "First, as a journalist, you should abide by the laws and regulations. Secondly, once a journalist has violated laws and regulations, he should be punished according to the law and cannot evade punishment just because he is a journalist." But when asked to spell out exactly what foreign journalists should not do, Quan told reporters, "I think you have not learnt enough about China's laws and regulations."