American detained in China is 'wife of British risk consultant'
BEIJING (REUTERS) - An American held in China amid an investigation into the country's pharmaceutical industry is the wife and business partner of a detained Briton, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.
The sources said Ms Yu Yingzeng, general manager at the ChinaWhys business risk advisory firm, and her husband Peter Humphrey, the company's managing director, were detained by Chinese authorities in Shanghai on July 10. It is unclear if the detention of the couple is directly related to a Chinese police investigation into bribery allegations against British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
ChinaWhys has done work with drugs companies, including GSK, separate sources familiar with the matter have said. It was not clear if either Ms Yu or Mr Humphrey had any legal representation.
Britain's largest drugmaker has been accused by China of funnelling up to 3 billion yuan ($489 million) to travel agencies to facilitate bribes to doctors and officials. GSK has called the accusations shameful, and said some of its senior Chinese executives appeared to have broken the law.