China: Fear of Foreigners

Too many friendships provoke an incident in Peking

The agents of the Public Security Bureau seemed intent on terrorizing their victim, and they succeeded. It was 1 a.m. when they marched into Peking's sprawling Friendship Hotel, where many foreigners working in China live. The police told room clerks to awaken American Teacher Lisa Wichser, 29, and tell her that an urgent telegram had arrived for her. When the petite, sandy-haired and somewhat sleepy Wichser appeared to claim it, she was handcuffed and hustled without explanation into a police car. Technically, at least, the graduate student from Noblesville, Ind., had not been...

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