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China Formally Arrests American Professor

Thursday, 17 May 2001 12:00 AM

Li Shaomin, originally from China but a U.S. citizen for the past six years, is accused of spying for Taiwan. Li, who teaches business studies at Hong Kong's City University, disappeared in February in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Amy Liu, Li's wife, said she received a telephone call on Tuesday from China's State Security Bureau informing her that her husband had been formally arrested for spying. Liu called the accusation nonsense and called on Washington to help.

The U.S. consulate in Hong Kong said it was very concerned about the case.

"We are very concerned by this. ... We will press for him to be accorded due process and for his case to be brought to a fair and speedy conclusion resulting in his swift release," a spokesman said in a statement.

Li is the second academic with foreign ties to be charged with spying in the last two months. In March, China detained Gao Zhan, a U.S. resident and political science researcher at the American University in Washington. She was accused of espionage, too. At least five other intellectuals with Western links have also been detained on spy charges.

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