28 JUNE 1990 WORLD SERVICE AUTHORITY PASSPORTS ISSUED TO PROFESSOR FANG AND LI SHUXIAN CLAIMED CATALYSTS FOR RELEASE FROM EMBASSY
TOKYO-On May 26th, the Tokyo branch of the World Service Authority issued its World passport to dissident Fang Lizhi and his wife, Li Shuxian via James Baker III, U.S. Secretary of State. Registered letters were sent to Premier Li Peng and Fang informing them of the action. The Peoples' Republic of China had, on numerous occasion, visaed the global document for individuals entering the country.
World Coordinator Garry Davis, from his Nakano office, said today that the WSA passports were the catalyst breaking the deadlock between the PRC and the U.S. over Fang's and Shuxian's year-long virtual imprisonment in the Beijing embassy.
"What travel documents were issued to astrophysicist Fang and his wife?" Davis asks, "enabling them to leave the territory of the U.S. Embassy, re-enter the PRC, exit from the PRC and enter Great Britain? Surely, it was not a PRC passport nor a U.S. passport. And were they given an exit visa? If so, what document was it stamped on? The only passport representing these extraordinary maneuvers-denied incidentally to millions of desperate people throughout the world-is the World Service Authority passport we issued them via the U.S. State Department. Since we didn't receive them back from Mr. Baker, we have to assume they were transmitted to Professor Fang and his wife at the Embassy."
The WSA Nakano office has issued over 2,000 World Passports since its opening in February, 1989. PM Kaifu holds one as does Sunichi Suzuki, governor of Tokyo.