Chinese authorities recently arrested four Christian missionaries near the North Korea border, but reasons for their arrest were not provided.
A local resident in Yanji, a city in the Yanbian region of Jilin Province, said the arrests were made at a hotel in the town on Thursday, Radio Free Asia reported.
All four missionaries appear to be of Korean descent, but carried different passports.
One missionary identified as Pastor Park Won-cheol is a man in his fifties and an American citizen. Park’s whereabouts are being confirmed by the U.S. embassy in China, the source said.
Park had been traveling frequently to China “for years,” the source said. “Park flew to China from South Korea last week. On Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m., immediately before he was to travel to Yanji airport to board a plane to return to South Korea, he was arrested at his hotel after a raid.”
Of the other missionaries, at least one is a South Korean passport holder with the surname Kim, and in his thirties.