US Professors Attacked in China Amid Tension-Covered Holiday

Four instructors from Iowa's Cornell College were attacked in a public park in northeastern China's Jilin city. The incident, reportedly involving a knife, was addressed swiftly but raised concerns given the current strains in US-China relations. All victims are recovering and an investigation continues.

PTI | Beijing | Updated: 11-06-2024 14:19 IST | Created: 11-06-2024 14:19 IST
US Professors Attacked in China Amid Tension-Covered Holiday
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Four instructors from Iowa's Cornell College were the victims of a knife attack in a public park in Jilin, northeastern China, officials from the US school and the State Department revealed on Tuesday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Jian confirmed that none of the injured instructors were in critical condition, and law enforcement believes it to be an isolated incident, while the investigation is still ongoing.

Cornell College President Jonathan Brand stated that the attack occurred during a public holiday in China, and a faculty member from Beihua University was present with the group. The US State Department is closely monitoring the situation.

Amidst heightened tensions between the US and China, Iowa state lawmaker Rep. Adam Zabner disclosed that his brother, David Zabner, who is a doctoral student at Tufts University under the Cornell-Beihua program, was among those injured. David is reportedly in recovery and receiving proper medical care.

Despite the Chinese government's tight control over sensitive information, news of the attack was partially circulated on social media before being suppressed. Meanwhile, China's President Xi Jinping plans to invite 50,000 young Americans to China over the next five years, despite a US travel advisory urging reconsideration of travel to China.

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