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Wang Dan's first statement from Henry Ford Hospital

April 19, 1998

Human Rights in China's Executive Director Xiao Qiang and Chairman Liu Qing have met with Wang Dan in Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, where he is undergoing a complete medical evaluation. Wang Dan has also spoken with prominent dissidents Wei Jingsheng and Li Shuxian. Wang Dan is in good spirits and is eager to see his friends and fellow Chinese activists who are currently living in exile in the United States. Wang Dan will be holding a press conference in New York on Thursday, 23 April, which will be co-sponsored by Human Rights in China, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. A translation of Wang Dan's statement appears below.

Dear Friends:

First I would like to express my deepest appreciation for the concern and sympathy that you have shown me over the last few years. I would also like to thank the U.S. government for its efforts in pressing for my release. At the same time I greatly hope that those democracy activists who continue to be imprisoned in China can soon obtain their freedom.

As I understand that some of you are interested in knowing about my current circumstances and viewpoints, I plan to have a press conference on Thursday, 23 April in New York. Please direct all questions about related matters to Human Rights in China.

With gratitude,

Wang Dan