Beijing has deported US-based dissident Wang Bingzhang, who admitted he had returned to China to help prepare for a 'revolution'. A US citizen, 50-year-old Mr Wang was put on a flight from Shanghai to Los Angeles on Monday after he was held for three days for entering the mainland using a false name to organise anti-government activities. Staying with a friend in Los Angeles yesterday, Mr Wang was unrepentant. 'Something big will happen in China in the next few years,' he said, encouraging the exiled dissident community to prepare for a revolution. Mr Wang interpreted his quick release as a sign the authorities might be loosening their grip, and suggested other exiles might be tempted to follow in his footsteps. 'How the Communist Party handled my case can serve as a reference for other pro-democracy activists who want to return to China,' he said. 'Their swift decision could be a sign the party is adopting new ways and becoming more open. I wasn't surprised by my release. They had two choices - give me a harsh sentence or get rid of this hot potato.' However, a US Immigration and Naturalisation Service spokesman said: 'He is a US citizen, that's why he was deported back to the US by China.' In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao denounced Mr Wang as a 'cheat' who had used 'a false name to obtain a visa and illegally enter Chinese territory'. The carefully worded statement made no mention of Mr Wang's political efforts to establish a mainland pro-democracy party. A spokesman for the US Consulate in Shanghai said: 'There are no issues left to be resolved between China and the US on the case. The story is basically over now.' Mr Wang entered the mainland from Macau on January 23. He managed to evade authorities until he was tracked down on February 6 in Bengbu, Anhui province. His abrupt expulsion was seen as part of Beijing's new approach to dissent: get rid of opponents by sending them abroad with a minimum of fuss. 'Authorities have realised that when dissidents are overseas, they're less trouble in a way. They fade into oblivion,' one Western diplomat said. The last thing China wanted was an international furore ahead of the annual United Nations Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva next month, diplomats said. 'They probably had more reason to lock him up than anybody else that's already in there but they didn't,' one Asian diplomat said.