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Friday, September 18, 1998 Published at 02:17 GMT 03:17 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

Chinese dissidents detained

The Chinese authorities have briefly detained a well-known Beijing dissident and warned him to stop his attempts to organise an independent political party.

Shortly after his release the man, Ren Wanding told the BBC he was now unable to submit a planned application to set up a branch of the China Democracy Party, because there were three police officers stationed outside his home. Mr Ren was taken from his home in Beijing the day after the UN Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson left the country. There are also reports have also emerged that another prominent dissident, Fang Jue, has been in police detention since July.

The New York-based organisation, Human Rights in China, said Mr Fang's sister had been told by the Beijing public security bureau that he was in police custody, but officials had refused to say why or where he was being held.

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