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China Frees Dissident Ahead of EU Summit

October 28, 2003

Benjamin Kang Lim

BEIJING (Reuters) - China freed a veteran dissident on Tuesday two days ahead of a summit with European Union leaders in an apparent attempt to dampen criticism of a human rights record activists have described as abysmal.

The release of Kang Yuchun came on the heels of China deporting Chinese-American business consultant Fang Fuming, 68, jailed on charges of stealing state secrets, after his five-year sentence was cut short by 22 months. 

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