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U.S. professor back in China after conviction

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HONG KONG — An American professor convicted in China of spying for Taiwan returned on Monday to Hong Kong, where he says he wants to resume his life and career teaching business.

Li Shaomin's hopes to return to Hong Kong had been watched carefully by local pro-democracy figures, who had expressed fears he would be barred.

The Hong Kong government said in a statement Monday night that Li arrived in Hong Kong in the afternoon. His entry was approved in the evening, the government said.

Li, 44, traveled to the United States last week after he was deported from China on his conviction of damaging Chinese national security and spying for Taiwan.

He had lived in Hong Kong until the Chinese authorities arrested him in the neighboring city of Shenzhen on Feb. 25. Li obtained a doctorate in sociology from Princeton University in 1988 and became an American citizen in 1995.