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China: Further information on Possible disappearances/Incommunicado detention/Fear for Safety

, Index number: ASA 17/062/2002

On 20 December, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Public Security announced that Wang Bingzhang, Yue Wu and Zhang Qi were "found" in Fangchenggang city, Guanxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in early July 2002. They were reportedly "kidnapped" in Quang Ninh Province, Viet Nam on 27 June and held for a large ransom, before being allegedly "rescued" by the Chinese police.