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China Denies U.S. Scholar Access to Lawyer

Wednesday, 02 May 2001 12:00 AM

The New York-based Human Rights in China issued a statement saying that Gao Zhan has been repeatedly denied access to her lawyer by China's Ministry of State Security.

Gao, who holds a U.S. green card and is a sociology researcher from American University in Washington, was arrested Feb. 11 along with her husband and 5-year-old son at Beijing's airport after a visit with relatives.

Gao has been charged with espionage. Chinese authorities claim she has confessed to accepting money from foreign intelligence agencies but have refused to specify for which country.

Gao's husband, Xue Donghua, wrote a letter to President Bush on his wife's behalf requesting intervention after he and his son were released after on month in detention. Five-year-old Andrew Xue, who was born in the United States and is a U.S. citizen, was separated from his parents upon their detention and held incommunicado. During this time Chinese authorities did not notify the U.S Embassy, as required by a consular agreement.

The United States on Monday urged China to immediately free Gao and three other academics, two of whom are U.S. citizens, being held in Chinese prisons.

All four of the detainees are Chinese-born academics who have published research about their native country abroad, sometimes angering the Chinese dictatorship, which controls all published academic research at home.

The detentions prompted the U.S. State Department last month to issue a travel warning to Chinese-Americans against traveling to China, drawing another in a long line of recent angry responses from Beijing.

Sino-U.S. relations have been tense for months over the detained academics, but things worsened last month after a Chinese fighter jet struck a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace over the South China Sea.

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