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US officials barred from American’s trial in China

BEIJING – A U.S. Embassy spokesman says diplomats are barred from the trial in Shanghai of an American investigator for GlaxoSmithKline and her British husband who are charged with improperly selling personal information.

Spokesman Nolan Barkhouse said Friday that the U.S. government is concerned about lack of access to the trial of Yu Yingzeng and husband Peter Humphrey in August. Barkhouse said a 1982 consular agreement signed by the U.S. and China allows officials to attend such trials.

British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline said Yu and Humphrey were hired last year to investigate a security breach involving a top manager. Chinese officials are investigating the company on charges it paid millions of dollars in bribes to doctors and officials.