Two Americans from an English-teaching business in China have been detained and bailed in the east of the country on suspicion of “organising others to illegally cross the border,” the foreign ministry said yesterday. Jacob Harlan, a father of five, and Alyssa Petersen were taken into custody in Jiangsu province on September 29 and then released on bail, said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. Their Idaho-based company China Horizons, which arranges for Americans to teach English in Chinese schools, said in a post on its Facebook page on Saturday that the charges were “bogus”. The detentions come amid diplomatic and trade tensions between China and the United States. But Geng denied the incidents are linked.