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Topic - Yang Jianli
Xi Jinping, anointed last month as China's new leader, was an impressionable 9-year-old in 1962 when his father, a prominent revolutionary and vice premier, fell out of favor with Mao Zedong.
Chinese authorities are warning the family and friends of jailed democracy activist Liu Xiaobo against traveling to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on his behalf and have stepped up a campaign to discourage other governments from sending representatives to the investiture ceremony on Dec. 10.
The wife of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has invited dozens of Chinese activists and luminaries to go to the Nobel award ceremony in Oslo on her behalf because mainland authorities are likely to block her from going.
Call it a new form of civil disobedience in China — the lawsuit. China's slow shift to the rule of law has unintentionally given dissidents a place to voice their grievances.
Yang Jianli said he was as guileless then as many China hands in Washington are today in thinking that Beijing's communist government eventually will embrace democracy because it adopted a form of state-controlled capitalism.
"This is very naive thinking. It is as naive as I was in 1989 in Tiananmen Square. Never did it enter my mind that any reasonable, legitimate government would turn on its citizens with such brutality," he said, referring to the Chinese military that crushed the unarmed demonstrators.