NEW YORK (Jun. 20)
The American Jewish Committee has canceled plans to send a delegation to China in September.
It acted to protest the Chinese government’s use of force against student activists in Beijing on June 3 and its subsequent repression of the movement for democratic reforms.
AJCommittee President Sholom Comay wrote last week to the Chinese ambassador, Han Xu, that, “like Americans of all walks of life,” his organization is “appalled by your government’s use of tanks and automatic weapons against unarmed students and workers.”
The delegation had planned to open relations with the Chinese People’s Institute for Foreign Affairs, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and other institutions “in the interests of deepening relationships between the American Jewish community and the Chinese people.”