China has announced the expulsion of a Japanese journalist it accused of stealing and buying state secrets.
Officials say Yukihisa Nakatsu, a correspondent for the Yomiuri, Japan's largest-circulation daily, confessed to his illegal activities before an expulsion order was issued last weekend.
Nakatsu returned home earlier this week, and has received the full support of his superiors at the newspaper.
In Beijing, Yukihisa Nakatsu's belongings were being packed onto a lorry on Thursday, in preparation for shipment to Japan.
Nakatsu himself returned home on Tuesday after being accused of illegal possession of secret documents.
The Chinese authorities questioned Nakatsu on the matter three times after he returned from Tibet last month.
They also searched his home and demanded to know where he obtained certain documents they found, according to his newspaper.
Nakatsu, who refused to tell Chinese authorities the source of the documents, was ordered on Sunday to leave China within three days.
The managing editor of his paper has defended him, saying he was confident Nakatsu engaged in ethical and proper reporting.
But Chinese officials say he confessed to illegal activities, adding that police had evidence of his alleged wrong-doings.
"The resident correspondent in Beijing from Yomiuri Shimbun stole state secrets by such illegal means as purchasing them with money since 1996. He has violated Chinese law. The Chinese National Security Department has carried out an investigation in accordance with the national security law of the PRC (People's Republic of China) and obtained evidence. He himself also confessed to these illegal activities. The National Security Department has asked him to leave within a limited time."
SUPER CAPTION: Zhu Bangzao, Foreign Ministry Spokesman
China classifies as secret virtually all information not published in the official media or spoken by a government official.
Neither side has said what the documents contained.
Human rights groups have expressed concern about China's treatment of Nakatsu, which follows the country's signing of a key U-N human rights treaty that guarantees freedom of expression.