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Chinese Student Speaks Out On President Zemin's Visit

Posted October 31, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Critics of China's human rights policies continue to protest Zemin's visit. The trip has certainly stirred up emotions for a Chinese student attending Fayetteville State University. WRAL'sRick Galltalked with a dissident who's paid the price for standing up against communism.

Yan Xiong will never forget June of 1989.

He was in Tianamen Square when Chinese troops opened fire on pro-democracy supporters. As the smoke cleared, Xiong was among the student leaders most wanted by the government. He was arrested and sent to prison. To this day, a fire burns inside him.

As China's president tours the United States, Xiong describes him as wicked, a hypocrite.

Xiong worries about China's future, saying many people there fear civil war.

Xiong plans to spend two more years studying English at FSU. Then he wants to get a law degree from Harvard. After that, he hopes to go home, but before that happens, he said the government will have to change dramatically.

Xiong said he thinks he would be thrown in prison if he went back to China now.