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US asks China to immediately release American geologist

US raised deep concerns over a detained American geologist, who has been sentenced by China for 8yrs.



Washington: US on Wednesday raised deep concerns
over a detained American geologist, who has been sentenced by
China for eight-year sentence on violating state secrecy laws,
and demanded his immediate deportation.

Chinese-born US citizen Xue Feng, detained since
November 2007 over the sale of a database on China`s oil
industry, was sentenced to eight-year imprisonment despite US
appeal.

"We remain extremely concerned about his rights to due
process under Chinese law. We call on China to grant Dr. Xue
humanitarian release and immediately deport him back to the
United States," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told
reporters.

"The protection of US citizens overseas is our highest
priority. The US Government is deeply concerned for Dr. Xue`s
well-being," he said.

US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman personally
attended the court hearing and expressed dismay over the
sentence.

"The Embassy in Beijing has been closely involved with
this case since he was detained nearly three years ago and the
Embassy has conducted nearly 30 consular visits to Dr. Xue to
monitor his welfare and deliver messages to his family," Toner
said.

The United States has consistently and will continue
to raise his case at the highest levels, he said.

PTI

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