BEIJING — A British man and his American wife, detained last month for allegedly selling private information about Chinese citizens to foreign companies, were shown on state television in orange prison tunics Tuesday, offering a confession and an apology.
‘‘We obtained personal information, sometimes through illegal ways,’’ Peter Humphrey, 57, said in Chinese, sitting with his handcuffed hands just below his chin. ‘‘I am very regretful for this, and would like to apologize to the Chinese government.’’
The humiliating footage was the latest salvo against foreign business practices in China, which has cracked down this year on issues ranging from food safety to price fixing and poor customer service.
Some foreign businesspeople complain they are being unfairly targeted, but the Chinese government insists it is merely protecting consumers and enforcing the law. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.