January 7, 1989 |
African envoys flew to the eastern city of Nanjing on Friday to meet with black students and Chinese officials in a bid to ease racial tension after a recent clash. After a long delay in the snow-bound Chinese capital, Beijing-based envoys from eight African countries left for Nanjing, 600 miles to the south, diplomats said. "They will meet the authorities at Hehai University, and they should see the students who are still in detention," said an African diplomat.
January 6, 1989 |
A 10-day standoff between foreign students and Chinese authorities at an isolated guest house outside Nanjing ended Thursday when 45 African students, the last in a group that originally numbered about 140, returned to Hehai University. Chinese authorities, meanwhile, announced that three African students are being punished for allegedly instigating the Christmas Eve clash on the Hehai campus that sparked the affair and that three Chinese also have been detained in connection with the incident.
January 5, 1989 |
As African-Chinese tensions flared at campuses across China on Wednesday, African nations pressed an international diplomatic response to disturbances that began here Christmas Eve.
January 3, 1989 |
Chinese police stripped a number of African students and tortured them with electric batons outside the dining hall of a guest house where they had been held for five days, according to allegations made Monday by some of the students. "We have heard that they were made to walk almost naked in the cold as police poked them with electric batons," Gobo Bio Mamah, a diplomat from Benin, told a Western reporter in discussing the Saturday incident. "It appears to be torture."
January 2, 1989 |
A confrontation between at least 50 foreign students, primarily Africans, and Chinese authorities continued Sunday at an isolated suburban guest house, educational officials said. A spokesman for Hehai University, scene of a Christmas Eve clash that ultimately led to the continuing guest-house standoff, said Sunday morning that the school's president was scheduled to visit the facility later to talk with the students from Hehai who were still being held there.
January 1, 1989 |
Chinese police Saturday forcibly removed many students from among a group of about 130 primarily African foreign students at from a suburban guest house where they had been held since Monday. Four were detained by police, at least 15 were returned to their campuses, 50 or more remained confined at the facility, and others were taken to unknown destinations, according to sources among foreign students and Chinese officials.