African students who want to leave China because they say the Chinese are racist asked the president of the Organization of African Unity Wednesday for money to pursue their studies elsewhere.

Mali President Moussa Traore, who heads the OAU, arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his third visit since 1973 and was met at the airport by a delegation of Malian students from universities around China.Traore was given a letter asking him to help African students leave China, the African students said. The OAU has recently criticized China for its treatment of African students.