China Detains VOA Mandarin Correspondent

VOA’s Mandarin Service correspondent was detained Monday evening by Chinese police as he was attempting to interview a retired Chinese professor who was taken away by authorities during a live television interview with VOA nearly two weeks ago. Correspondent Yibing Feng was taken into custody in Jinan, Shandong province after talking to professor Sun Wenguang, 84, through a closed door of his apartment. Wenguang told Feng details of his detention and thanked VOA for allowing him to express his freedom of speech on the air. Authorities in the apartment hallway attempted several times to disrupt the interview and ordered Feng and his Chinese assistant  to leave the building. The two VOA staffers were then held by police at the building exit. They are still believed to be in police custody. Sun Wenguang, who was detained earlier this month, was only recently allowed to return home under strict security, close friends told VOA on Monday. Chinese authorities have refused to comment on his detention. The professor told the friends that after he was detained on August 1, he was moved to several locations including Yanzi Mountain Villa at Jinan Military Region, a military-linked hotel and reception center in Jinan, eastern China, his hometown.  He was taken to four places, often staying for one or two days under a security watch, friends said.   Sun was taken away during a live telephone interview on the VOA Mandarin television show Issues & Opinions as he was criticizing China’s foreign aid and diplomatic strategy in Africa. During the interview, he told VOA that authorities were breaking into his house in an attempt to prevent him from speaking out against the government. The professor returned home after more than 150 alumni of China's Shandong University - where he taught for decades - wrote an open... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, China Detains VOA Mandarin Correspondent, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you China Detains VOA Mandarin Correspondent





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 13 August, 2018



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