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The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Society - By Didi Tang

Sounds sus­pi­cious

US diplo­mats in two more Chi­nese cities have com­plained of symp­toms sim­i­lar to those suf­fered by vic­tims of a sus­pected “sonic at­tack” in the south­ern city of Guangzhou. The lat­est in­ci­dents, in Beijing and Shang­hai, come al­most two months af­ter a US gov­ern­ment worker in Guangzhou ex­pe­ri­enced “ab­nor­mal sen­sa­tions of sound and pres­sure” at home and was di­ag­nosed with mild trau­matic brain in­jury. The sick­ness is yet to be ex­plained but one the­ory is that bug­ging de­vices emit sonic waves that cause dizzi­ness, tin­ni­tus and nau­sea. Beijing said that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion had un­cov­ered no rea­son for the re­ported ill­nesses. One Amer­i­can from the con­sulate in Shang­hai and two from the em­bassy in Beijing have been evac­u­ated from China and sent home for med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions, ac­cord­ing to The New York Times. Eight were evac­u­ated from the con­sulate in Guangzhou sev­eral weeks ago. The US em­bassy in Beijing de­clined to com­ment.

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