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Letter from Francis L. Lawrence, President, Rutgers University

Old Queen's Building
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
83 Somerset Street
New Brunswick New Jersey 08901-1281

June 15, 2001

President Jiang Zemin
c/o Ambassador Yang Jiechi
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

Dear President Jiang:

I am informed that you are aware of the concerns of many of us about the detention by Chinese authorities of Dr. Li Shaomin, a United States citizen and faculty member at the City University of Hong Kong.

Numerous members of the international academic community, friends and colleagues have joined in the effort to seek the release of Dr. Li and other academic researchers in China. The issue of academic freedom in research and in classrooms is of paramount importance to scholars in pursuing their research in all academic disciplines. The consideration that Dr. Li may have been detained due to his scholarly endeavors is certain to cause us to investigate more closely associations, both current and future, between the academies of United States and China.

As President of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, I urge you to move immediately to release Dr. Li Shaomin and other academic researchers who are being held without charge by the Chinese authorities.


Francis L. Lawrence

C: Ambassador Yang Jiechi

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