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Three employees at one of Marubeni Corp.’s grain trading units in China have been detained by authorities, the trading house said Thursday, a move sources said was prompted by allegations it evaded taxes on soybean imports.

The employees worked at a Chinese unit of Marubeni’s Columbia Grain Inc., a spokesman at the trading company said. He added he did not know why they had been detained. He also said he did not know the nationalities of the employees.

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