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China Accuses US of Harassing Students 08/03 06:06


   BEIJING (AP) -- China on Monday accused the United States of "monitoring, 
harassing and willfully detaining" Chinese students and researchers in the U.S.

   Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin's comments follow the denial of a 
bail request in California for a university researcher accused of lying about 
her ties to China's military and Communist Party to gain access to the United 

   Wang said China had no intention of helping Juan Tang escape the country, 
but did not otherwise comment directly on the accusations against her.

   However, he said China urges the U.S. to "handle the case fairly in 
accordance with the law and ensure the safety and legitimate rights and 
interests" due to Tang.

   "For some time, the U.S., with ideological prejudice, keeps monitoring, 
harassing and willfully detaining Chinese students and researchers, and making 
presumptions of guilt against Chinese researchers," Wang said.

   "The U.S. actions have seriously violated the legitimate rights and 
interests of Chinese citizens and severely disrupted the normal cultural and 
personnel exchanges between China and the U.S., which amounts to outright 
political persecution," he said.

   In denying bail, U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes said Tang, 37, would 
have reason to leave the country if released. Tang has been held without bail 
since July 23 when she was arrested after she left the Chinese Consulate in San 
Francisco to seek medical care for her asthma.

   Tang, who has a doctorate in cellular biology, entered the United States on 
Dec. 27, 2019, to work at the University of California, Davis, as a visiting 
researcher in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Alexandra Negin, an 
assistant federal public defender, said in her filing asking the court for her 
release on bail. The lab closed because of the coronavirus pandemic and Tang 
had been preparing to return to China, Negin said.

   Tang and three other scientists living in the U.S. face charges of lying 
about their status as members of China's People's Liberation Army, or PLA. All 
were charged with visa fraud, the Justice Department said.

   Tang was the last of the four to be arrested after the Justice Department 
accused the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco of harboring a known fugitive.

   Negin said Tang went to the consulate to seek help and remained there after 
FBI agents questioned her at her Davis apartment on June 20 and executed a 
search warrant, seizing her passport and visa.

   Agents found photographs of Tang in a uniform of the civilian cadre of the 
PLA and also reviewed articles from China that identified her military 
affiliation. Negin argued that the evidence against Tang is based on old 
photographs from when she was a student at a medical school run by the military 
and documents that were translated on apps.

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