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China writer says harassment forced him to the US

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BEIJING (AP) -- A well-known dissident writer who has been threatened with jail time for his writing says harassment has forced him to leave China for the United States, possibly for good.

China is becoming increasingly resolute in quashing critical voices, apparently fearful they could spark protests like those that unseated autocrats in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya last year.

The departure of Yu Jie comes as a human rights activist who was released from prison last year says police seized two of his computers and warned him to tone down his activism or face detention.

Yu said late Thursday by telephone from the Washington area that he does not intend to return for at least a few years, and does not think that Chinese authorities will allow him back.

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