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Visitors Risk Arrest in China, U.S. Warns

Thursday, 19 April 2001 12:00 AM

"The Department of State cautions Americans, especially Americans originally from China, that there may be a risk of being detained upon returning to China if they have at any time engaged in activities or published writings critical of Chinese government policies," said an announcement sent to Americans living in China.

"Therefore, people with a history of such activities or writings should carefully evaluate this information in deciding whether to travel to China," the statement said.

The announcement came after several Chinese-American and U.S.-based academics were detained or arrested for suspicion of espionage while visiting China.

The warning also was sent just days after more than 300 of the world's leading China scholars signed an open letter to Chinese President Jiang Zemin protesting the detention of three Chinese-born foreign passport holders who hold citizenship in other countries. The letter demanded that the scholars be released immediately or be formally charged so they can defend themselves in a court of law.

The three scholars are: Gao Zhan, a U.S. green-card holder affiliated to American University; Li Shaomin, a U.S. citizen who teaches business at City University in Hong Kong; and Xu Zerong, a Hong Kong resident with a doctorate from Oxford University in Britain.

Li and Gao have been in detention since February. Xu has been in custody since last August even though no charges have been brought against him. Li has also not been charged with any crime. Gao was charged with espionage.

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