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A look at four writers and scholars detained by China

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China on Wednesday deported Chinese-born American business professor Li Shaomin, who was convicted on July 14 of spying for Taiwan. Here are four other Chinese-born writers and scholars still detained by China.

— Gao Zhan, an American University researcher and U.S. permanent resident, was convicted Tuesday of espionage and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by a Beijing court.

Gao's husband and 5-year-old son, a U.S. citizen, were detained with her in February and held for 26 days before being released. Chinese officials failed to inform the U.S. Embassy of the son's detention, as required by law.

— Qin Guangguang, a permanent U.S. resident who reportedly taught at U.S. universities and worked for a U.S. medical group in Beijing, also was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in jail on spying charges. Qin was reportedly detained in December.

The Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court ruled that Qin and Gao "collected intelligence for spy agencies in Taiwan."

— Wu Jianmin, an American citizen, was detained April 8 on suspicion of spying for Taiwan. According to democracy activists, 46-year-old Wu was a former teacher at the Communist Party's Central Party School in Beijing and a reporter who left for the United States in 1988. Wu wrote frequently for Hong Kong news magazines on Chinese politics and published a book about the Chinese government after pro-democracy protests in China in 1989.

— Xu Zerong, a Hong Kong-based historian, was detained last year, reportedly after publishing an article containing sensitive information about Chinese support for communist insurgents in Malaysia in the 1950s.

Xu, a permanent resident of Hong Kong, studied at Harvard University from 1983-84 and reportedly has a master's degree and doctorate from Oxford University in England.