Furious Volley in a No-Win Match

Tennis Star Hu Na gains asylum and strains U.S.-Chinese ties

To her supporters the issue was one of political persecution. Reacting to what she viewed as ominous pressure to join the Communist Party, 19-year-old Chinese Tennis Star Hu Na one night last July slipped out of a California hotel during a tennis tour and went into hiding at a friend's home. But to Peking the issue was a critical test of Chinese-American relations. Worried that Washington might grant Hu Na political asylum, ViceChairman Deng Xiaoping urged the U.S. last August to consider "the greater interests of the relations between the...

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