The four instructors from Cornell College, a private liberal arts college in Iowa, were visiting a public park in the northeastern Chinese city of Jilin while on an exchange program.

Four American instructors from a small Iowa college were injured in a stabbing attack while on a teaching trip to China, their school and officials in both countries said.

The rare attack on foreigners in the powerful security state comes as China is trying to repair ties with the United States and revive tourism to help boost a sluggish economy after three years of isolation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chinese state media, which often report on Chinese nationals who are the victims of violence in the U.S., had not reported on the attack as of Tuesday afternoon local time, and discussion of it appeared to be tightly controlled on China’s heavily censored social media.

  • @[email protected]
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    1610 days ago

    Jesus Christ are y’all stupid?

    Baidu

    SCMP, which, admittedly, is a Hong Kong news agency and not a mainland China one.

    Beijing Daily, citing Jilin City Public Security Bureau

    Not reported my fucking ass. I always wonder how much this shit stems from US reporters not actually speaking or understanding Chinese… Fuck off NBC and go find a journalist qualified to report on international events.

  • @khannie
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    910 days ago

    Crazy stuff. I’ve spent a decent chunk of time in China and always felt safe.

    • @Eheran
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      39 days ago

      Always safe? Considering the corruption and extremely low safety standards, extremely bad pollution or generally any environmental topic, I tend to disagree. But just speaking about crimes, I agree. It is an authoritarian state, certain crimes are lower due to the lack of civil rights. But reporting to the police etc. does not exactly make me feel safe in a different way.

      • @khannie
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        49 days ago

        Yeah I didn’t feel like I was likely to suffer any crime at any point was what I meant. I’m fairly well travelled and have definitely not felt that everywhere I’ve been.

        I found the authoritarianism quite stifling. All the cameras almost literally everywhere you look. Passport to go on high speed rail yada yada.

  • @[email protected]
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    810 days ago

    Cornell is a religiously-affiliated school, I wonder if they were doing a little cheeky proselytizing.

    • @Siegfried
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      39 days ago

      What were they wearing?

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    410 days ago

    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    HONG KONG — Four American instructors from a small Iowa college were injured in a stabbing attack while on a teaching trip to China, their school and officials in both countries said.

    Graphic video circulating on social media showed one woman and two men, one of them soaked in blood, lying on the ground at Beishan Park in central Jilin, where there are multiple ancient temples.

    “All the injured were immediately taken to the hospital and received proper medical treatment, and none of them are in life-threatening condition,” spokesperson Lin Jian said at a regular news briefing in Beijing.

    Prominent Chinese commentator Hu Xijin, former editor-in-chief of the state-backed nationalist tabloid Global Times, said Tuesday that he hoped it was an isolated incident that would not “negatively impact the exchange of personnel between China and other countries.”

    Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, whose district includes Mount Vernon, said in a statement that she was trying to get in touch with the U.S. Embassy to ensure the victims are able to leave China as soon as possible after being treated for their injuries.

    During a visit to the U.S. last November, Chinese President Xi Jinping — who has a longstanding personal connection to Iowa since he first traveled there in 1985 as part of an agricultural delegation — said Beijing was ready to invite 50,000 young Americans to China on exchange and study programs in the next five years.


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    39 days ago

    Is that the best meta image they could have chosen?