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American teachers stabbed in China in park rampage

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Chinese police said a suspect, a 55-year-old man surnamed Cui, had been arrested on Monday.

A US State Department spokesman confirmed that it was aware of “reports of a stabbing incident in Jilin,” but did not provide further details.

The US embassy in Beijing did not immediately return The Telegraph’s requests for information on Tuesday, and added that the assailant’s motive remains unclear.

Heavily censored

News of the incident has been heavily censored in China, but some Chinese X users jokingly made comparisons to the Boxer Rebellion, an uprising in 1900 aimed at pushing foreigners out of the country.

The teachers were in China as part of a “long-standing” partnership program with Beihua University in Jilin, northeast China.

Cornell College said that no students were involved in the program.

“The police have preliminarily judged that this was a random incident but an investigation is ongoing,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lin Jian told reporters at a daily briefing on Tuesday.

“All the injured individuals were immediately taken to the hospital and were given appropriate critical care, no one’s life is in danger,” Mr Lin said.

The incident comes as Washington attempts to rekindle ties between American and Chinese citizens, with educational exchanges struggling to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, has proposed a plan to invite 50,000 American students to China in the next five years, but a State Department travel warning has discouraged some students and universities from continuing exchanges.

According to Nicholas Burns, the US Ambassador to China, there are only some 880 American students currently studying in China, down from more than 11,000 in the 2018-2019 academic year.

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