- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 10, 2001

BEIJING (AP) A Chinese intellectual who has taught at top U.S. universities has been detained on suspicion of divulging state secrets, a human rights group said yesterday.
Tan Guangguang, who worked for a U.S. medical group in Beijing, was picked up by security agents in December, according to the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy. It said Chinese authorities plan soon to formally arrest him but didn't give any details of why he was detained.
Mr. Tan is the fourth intellectual whose detention in China has become known in the past three weeks, and the third with U.S. connections.
The Information Center said Mr. Tan was a former editor of the now defunct China Economic Information News. From 1989 to 1992, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, University of Chicago and Stanford University.
Mr. Tan returned to China in 1994 and was working as vice chairman of the American United Medical Group at the time of his detention, the center said. It cited relatives who it said asked not to be identified by name.
It said security agents who detained Mr. Tan confiscated the "green cards" U.S. permanent-residency permits of him and his wife, Feng Li.
A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy said it had no information about Mr. Tan and was unlikely to be involved in his case because he was not an American citizen.
A woman who answered the phone number listed for the American United Medical Group said it was a wrong number. Further calls to the number went unanswered.
Detentions of intellectuals by Chinese state security appear to have increased in recent months.
Gao Zhan, a Chinese-born sociologist at American University in Washington, was detained Feb. 11 and has been charged with spying.
The case caused a diplomatic uproar with Washington because Mrs. Gao's husband and 5-year-old son, who is a U.S. citizen, were detained with her and held for 26 days before being released. Chinese officials failed to inform the U.S. Embassy of the son's detention, as required by treaty.
Li Shaomin, an American citizen and a business professor in Hong Kong, disappeared Feb. 25 after going to China to see a friend. His wife says he was picked up by security agents. Chinese authorities have not commented on that case.
Also detained is Xu Zerong, a historian who works in Hong Kong. He was detained in August in the southeastern province of Guangdong.


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