Dr. Bob Fu: Story of U.S. citizen blocked from leaving China should send “significant chilling alarm to all Americans”

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


Huang Wan
(Photo: Twitter @WanHuang2

(Shanghai—July 2, 2019) An American citizen married to the son of a jailed former Chinese security chief claims officials will not let her leave the country, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal by James T. Areddy.

The father-in-law of Huang Wan, known in English as Fiona, is Zhou Yongkang, a “former member of the Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee and erstwhile chairman of the CCP’s formidable Political and Legal Affairs Commission,” ChinaChange reports.

The Wall Street Journal writes Zhou was jailed amid an anti-corruption campaign.

Last month, Fiona said on Twitter she has been without freedom for 2,016 days since December 1, 2013, according to reporting by ChinaChange.

The news outlet says Fiona was to receive a “certificate of release from community correction” on June 6. She was planning to visit the United States once she was free.

However, on June 4, Fiona received notice of a civil lawsuit, allegedly over a rent disagreement. A request to block her exit from China was approved by relevant departments.

Fiona told her lawyer, Chen Jiangang, how the situation is “the Chinese government trying to illegally persecute me by prohibiting me from returning to the United States to see my family. [The government] has exhausted all lawful measures to keep me in China, so now they have arranged this civil lawsuit, which is ludicrous however you look at it, to restrict me.”

Dr. Bob Fu, founder and president of ChinaAid, says, “As an American citizen and a member of a once-powerful family at the center of a historic Chinese Communist Party political drama, Ms. Huang ‘Fiona’ Wan’s arbitrary loss of freedom for over 2,000 days since 2013 under Xi’s regime should send a significant chilling alarm to all Americans.”

“As Fiona Huang and her 11-year-old American citizen daughter are still being blocked by the Chinese regime from coming back to their Texas home, all Americans should care about her difficulties because, like millions who are currently under arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance in China today, no American will be safe when traveling to China for tourism or business or any other purpose,” Fu says.

ChinaAid will update this story once more information becomes available.

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