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Chinese Dissident Stuck in Paris

June 30, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S.-based Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng said Friday he was stuck in Paris after being refused boarding on a U.S.-bound Air France plane because he carries no passport.

Wei, in a telephone interview from Paris, said he had a U.S. government document that would allow him to return to the United States after a brief trip to Europe, but airport authorities refused to accept it. Wei said he was contacting U.S. and French officials to help him return after being turned back at the airport on Thursday.

An official at the State Department public affairs office said the office had no immediate information on Wei’s efforts to return. Wei has an office in Washington and recently has been campaigning against permanent trade status for China, a Clinton administration priority.

Wei said he has to travel with a document provided by the U.S. government guaranteeing his re-entry because the Chinese government will not issue him a passport. He spent 18 years in Chinese jails before going into exile in the United States.

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