March 26, 2017
Fears are growing for the welfare of a leading Sydney academic who has been blocked from taking a flight out of China for two days running.
Feng Chongyi, an associate professor of China studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, was prevented from boarding a plane at Guangzhou airport on Friday morning and again on Saturday night.
Two Chinese lawyers who are in contact with Dr Feng say he was advised verbally by security police that he was under suspicion of threatening state security.
He had not been shown any documentation before being stopped from leaving China, they said.
The lawyers said Dr Feng was at a Guangzhou hotel and had been told he was free to travel within China.
Dr Feng had been meeting Chinese human rights lawyers for his research before being “caught” in Guangzhou by the police.