Four American educators stabbed in park in northeast China, says US media and officials

By Thomson Reuters Jun 10, 2024 | 9:22 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) – Four American educators from a small Iowa university were reportedly stabbed in a public park in northeast China’s Jilin province over the weekend, according to U.S. media and U.S. government officials.

The educators from Cornell College were visiting a partner university in China when the attack occurred, said CNN.

“We are working through proper channels and requesting to speak with the U.S. Embassy on appropriate matters to ensure that the victims first receive quality care for their injuries and then get out of China in a medically feasible manner,” Iowa’s Congress representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks wrote on X.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds wrote on X that she was in touch with the U.S. State Department on the “horrifying” attack.

College spokesperson Jen Visser told CNN the stabbing incident happened in Jilin City and the partner China school was Beihua University.

The US State Department was aware of reports of a stabbing incident in China and was monitoring the situation, said Visser.

No statements on the incident have been issued by Chinese authorities or reports found in Chinese media.

(Reporting by Laurie Chen; Editing by Michael Perry)