Beijing: China on Monday asked foreign journalists to abide by the country's laws and regulations while reporting in the country.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, however, dismissed media reports about Chinese police officers beating foreign journalists. "There are no such issues," Yang said.

Yang added, "China is a country under the rule of law, and we abide by the law. We have always followed relevant laws and regulations in managing the affairs related to foreign journalists in China."

 On being asked about China's domestic situation, Yang said he did not notice any signs of tension. "What I have seen is that the Chinese people had a joyful Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. Now we are busy doing our work, focusing our attention on pursuing domestic development," he said.

A daily reported on Sunday that police in Shanghai detained at least 15 foreign journalists who were trying to report a weekly anti-government "strolling" protest.

Two journalists said police detained them outside Shanghai's Peace Cinema where anonymous online organisers called for weekly "Jasmine" protests each Sunday from February 20.

The report said a Bloomberg journalist was beaten as he tried to film at a protest site in Beijing's Wangfujing shopping street.

Police in Shanghai and Beijing last week detained at least 16 journalists, including a DPA reporter, to prevent them from reporting anti-government protests in the two cities.

(Agencies)

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