A Clue To When The Rio Four Will Be Charged Or Released?

Conspiracy theorists start here: Xinhua has a report on the growing dispute with Australia over the detention without charge of four Rio Tinto executives, one an Australian citizen, on allegations of stealing state secrets. It is titled, China Striving To Create Fair Trading Environment, so you get its drift. But it concludes with the following tantalizing final paragraph:

But the spying case has cost the mining giant 100 billion yuan ($16 billion), with its market share dwindling by as much as 30 percent, according to a report by the China Times.

That is only $3 billion shy of the $19 billion that Chinalco was going to invest in Rio, before the mining company pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute, much to the chagrin of Chinalco and Beijing.

Could it be there is a measure there for how much longer the Rio Four will be held without charge?

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