Tuesday, 7 August 2018

‘Here They Come Again’: Chinese Police Arrest Dissident Professor During On-Air Interview

A dissident former professor and frequent critic of the Chinese government was reportedly arrested on Wednesday during an interview with an American news outlet in which he was criticizing Chinese government policies.

What’s the background?

This was not 84-year-old Wenguang Sun’s first run-in with Chinese authorities. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in 1974 on charges of “attacking Great Leader Chairman Mao.” In 2004, he published “A Century of Disasters: From Mao Zedong to Jiang Zemin.”

In 2005, the Chinese government denied his passport application and he has been unable to leave the country ever since. In 2009, when he was on his way to a memorial for a leader who was dismissed for supporting the Tiananmen Square protesters, Sun was beaten so badly that four of his ribs were broken. He was also detained twice for “counterrevolutionary speech,” according to Human Rights Watch.

In July, he wrote an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, criticizing him for his “checkbook diplomacy” and for getting rid of term limits to keep himself in power indefinitely.

A reminder about the lack of freedom in China. Criticism of the Government is severely curtailed. The country is not a democracy in the same sense as the West. The Chinese Government will do whatever they can to advance Chinese interests.

In terms of the Asia Pacific region, it's one thing to defend territorial sovereignty and another thing to take over Islands and lands far away from your borders. It was wrong when the West engaged in such activity and it is wrong when China attempts it today.

No one likes a bully, especially an arrogant one (which comes with rising power, and thoughts of divinely sanctioned destiny).

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 7th, 2018.]

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