THE Chinese dissident and human rights activist, Harry Wu Hongda, presently being detained in the provincial city of Wuhan, epitomises the heroic and selfless character of the people of China.
Whatever his presumed transgressions against the state and the Communist Party may be, his courage and love for his country are worthy of careful consideration by the mainland authorities.
We call upon President Jiang Zemin and Premier Li Peng, to look at their own personal experiences and recalling the bravery and sacrifices of China's patriots, release Mr Wu from custody immediately.
During the almost 20 years that Mr Wu spent in labour camps and prisons, he never once criticised the Government or any member of the Communist Party. There are many people around the world who see him as a patriot.
His criticisms were directed at inhumane and corrupt officials who governed the public security system of China.
If any country is destined for greatness in the next decade, it is China.
Great statesmen of great nations should show magnanimity where it is appropriate, as it is in this case.
They should be willing to forgive and exonerate an individual who exemplifies the unrelenting courage and spirit of his native land.
JONATHAN GRAY League of China Patriots