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Xue Donghua
"They were asking me about [my wife's] Taiwan trip"
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The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes
"Their five-year-old son Andrew is a US citizen"
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The BBC's Adam Brookes, in Beijing
"Mr Xue said that his wife had been on academic delegations to Taiwan"
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Wednesday, 21 March, 2001, 08:41 GMT
US family detained in China
Chinese police detained a five-year-old American boy for nearly a month without allowing him any contact with his parents or informing the US authorities, reports say.

The boy, Andrew Xue, his father, Xue Donghua, and mother, Gao Zhan, were taken into custody at Beijing airport last month as they were about to board a flight to the United States.


Chinese officials neglected to inform the American embassy that they were holding an American citizen, as required by law

Human Rights in China
The boy is a US citizen, while his parents have residency rights in America but have retained their Chinese passports.

Andrew and his father have since been freed, but his mother, a research fellow at the American University of Washington, is still being held.

Mr Xue has now appealed to US President George W Bush to help secure his wife's release.

The appeal comes during a visit to the US by the Chinese deputy premier, Qian Qichen.

Separated

Human Rights in China (HRIC) said the family had been split up and held for 26 days at an unknown location.

"Andrew was not allowed any contact with his parents and grandparents throughout this period," HRIC added.

"Chinese officials neglected to inform the American embassy that they were holding an American citizen, as required by law."

US embassy spokesman John Berry said the HRIC statement was "consistent with our understanding of events".

Taiwan

Mr Xue has received no information as to the whereabouts of his wife, or whether any charges have been brought against her.

He said that during his detention, security officials questioned him about his wife's activities in Taiwan; in particular about two trips she made there in 1995 and 1999.

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