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Copyright 1998 Agence France Presse
Agence France Presse
July 19, 1998
SECTION: International news
LENGTH: 288 words
HEADLINE: Chinese dissident group slams arrest of Mao Guoliang
DATELINE: BEIJING, July 19
A US-based group of Chinese dissidents on Sunday condemned the arrest in
China of prominent activist Mao Guoliang.
"We are calling for the State Department of the USA to take stronger action
against the Chinese government's crackdown on opposition political effort," the
Movement Coalition, which groups around 30 dissident organisations in and outside
China, said in a statement.
It called into question the unconditional granting of most favoured nation
(MFN) trading status to China by the US, which governs normal trade relations
"To grant China unconditional MFN this year (in the face of) the Chinese
government's resolution to continuous violation of human rights is immoral and
politically wrong," the coalition said, calling for a re-evaluation of the White House's policy of
engagement with China on human rights issues.
Mao, a teacher in Anji city, Zhejiang province, was picked up by more than 10
police officers early Friday
while he mourned his mother who died two days earlier.
No explanation was given for the arrest.
Mao belongs to the Chinese Democracy Party (CDP) which three members tried to
legally register in nearby Hangzhou city on June 25 -- the day US President
Clinton arrived in China for a landmark visit.
Zhejiang police had previously detained nine activists involved in the bold bid
to set up the party, the first known attempt of its kind in five decades of
Five were promptly released, but Wang
Youcai, Wang Donghai, Zhu Yufu and Zhu Zhengming remain in custody.
Lin Hui, who accompanied Wang Youcai and Wang Donghai in personally submitting
the party's application to authorities, was also detained.
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