Stabbed US College Instructors in China Spark International Concern

Hong Kong – Four American college instructors were attacked in a public park in China, highlighting a rare case of violence against foreigners in the country. The educators, affiliated with Cornell College in Iowa, were participating in a partnership program at Beihua University in Jilin when the incident occurred. The college president confirmed the instructors were injured in a serious incident and are receiving assistance.

Footage of the aftermath of the attack circulated on social media, showing the victims covered in blood on the ground surrounded by onlookers. Details regarding the motive and the identity of the attacker remained unclear, as Chinese authorities had not addressed the incident at the time.

One of the victims, identified as Iowa state representative Adam Zabner’s brother, had survived the attack and was reportedly in stable condition. The US State Department was monitoring the situation and working to ensure the safety of American citizens in China.

Knife attacks are not uncommon in China due to strict gun control laws, but incidents targeting foreigners are rare. The attack in Jilin occurred as China was easing Covid-19 border controls and enhancing educational exchanges with the United States.

The incident has sparked concern among officials in Iowa, with Governor Kim Reynolds condemning the attack as horrifying. Efforts to bring the injured instructors back home safely were in progress as the community rallied around the victims.

China’s efforts to strengthen educational cooperation with the US have faced challenges amidst the pandemic and bilateral tensions. Chinese leader Xi Jinping had announced plans to increase exchanges between young Americans and China to foster mutual understanding.

However, despite relatively low rates of violent crime, China has experienced instances of mass stabbings in public places. These incidents underscore the importance of safety measures in a country with strict gun control and extensive surveillance.