Zhou is a permanent U.S. resident, relatives said, and his case could stoke contention between Washington and Beijing.
He was charged with fraud by police in his home city of Suining in southwest Sichuan province, said his brother, Zhou Lin, who spoke by telephone. Zhou Lin said his family received the written arrest notice on Wednesday morning.
Zhou Lin said he did not know the specifics behind the accusation, nor when his brother could have committed fraud in China, given his long residence in the United States.
To read original news reports and other original source material about the 1989 protest movement, see the CDT series: Twenty Years Ago Today: Tiananmen Square Student Movement. See also a new report from Human Rights Watch: “The Tiananmen Legacy,” which includes a multimedia feature, and a press release from the Duihua Foundation: “Dui Hua Reduces Estimate of Remaining June Fourth Prisoners.”