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China arrests scholar on charge of running illegal business

Beijing arrests scholar on charge of running illegal business after his think tank gets shut

China arrests scholar on charge of running illegal business

BEIJING (AP) -- The lawyer for a Chinese scholar who helped an activist escape house arrest says his client has been arrested on the charge of operating an illegal business, nearly three months after he was taken into police custody.

Beijing-based lawyer Li Jin said Wednesday that Beijing police arrested Guo Yushan over the weekend.

In 2012, Guo helped the blind activist Chen Guangcheng travel to Beijing after Chen escaped from house arrest in an eastern Chinese village.

While in Beijing, Chen sought shelter at the U.S. Embassy, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, then the U.S. secretary of state, managed to negotiate for him to go to the United States.

Guo founded the think tank Transition Institute, but authorities shut it down in 2013 on the ground that it was not properly registered.


Updated : 2021-09-29 01:14 GMT+08:00