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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China Activist Flees

HONG KONG () -- Hong Kong, wary about upsetting its future Beijing masters when dissenters use it as an escape route, kept silent Monday about Chinese dissident Wang Xizhe following reports he had fled to the British colony.

Human rights activists in Hong Kong said Wang, 46, fled here from his home in China's neighboring Guangdong province over the weekend, just days after the communist authorities in Beijing bundled a colleague into a labor camp. He was expected to leave Hong Kong soon, they said, possibly by Monday night, and probably for the United States.

Wang and Liu sparked reprisals against remaining dissidents last month when they wrote a letter demanding the impeachment of President Jiang Zemin for violating the constitution by placing the army under Communist Party, rather than state, control.