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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 January, 2014, 4:12am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 January, 2014, 4:23am

Jailing of Xu Zhiyong a disgrace

You can understand why Chinese authorities consider Liu Xiaobo such a political threat. His call for democratisation and peaceful political transition may sound moderate to people living outside China. But the demands to allow multiparty politics and a separation of powers in the "Charter 08" political manifesto he co-authored amounts to a direct challenge to China's one-party rule and its monopoly on all the key branches of government. You can call it what you like, but switching to having multiple parties competing for political power would effectively amount to a regime change from the current political system monopolised by the Communist Party.

The case against dissident Xu Zhiyong is more difficult to justify. The law lecturer is far less subversive; he is not challenging the central government's power or its legitimacy. He has merely called for what President Xi Jinping and former premier Wen Jiabao have themselves demanded. In one of his last major speeches before he left office, at a State Council executive meeting, Wen urged reform and repeated the call to uphold the rule of law.

Xi has made it one of his policy priorities to crack down on corruption and impose austerity on party cadres. Yet Xu has been jailed for four years, ostensibly for "assembling a crowd to disrupt public order". But no serious independent observer doubts he is being punished along with several others for being part of the New Citizen movement, which has campaigned to compel officials to disclose their assets.

Doesn't the movement's aim coincide with Xi's anti-corruption drive, which has extended far and wide, having had almost 37,000 officials investigated last year? Powerful officials have been targeted, including Zhou Yongkang , the former security tsar, and Li Dongsheng , a former deputy national police chief.

Both Xi and Xu are demanding cleaner government. But some official investigations into corruption also sound like purges as part of Xi's drive to consolidate power. For example, Zhou and Li were reportedly close associates.

Xu wants fair disclosure laws that would apply to all relevant officials, including some very rich state leaders. Xi's anti-corruption is far more selective.


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glad to see your reference
to “at least in my circles”
holidays are communal
that’s why the spring train rush in China
going back home
this public forum will soon be all yours
while everybody is home for celebration
I trust you can find other entertainments
besides baby-talking to somebody you consider 3-year old
alright you "have won are winning and will win"
all past present and future arguments
with your "erudite logic and supreme intelligence"
simply invincible
now take a bath go to bed and wake up a new man
for the new year go adopt a puppy as a gift to yourself
that should help
we all should be charitable in new spring
if you want discussion
something different from baby-talking
first review what I’ve written
and finish the suggested reading assignment
write up a decent summary
then I will see
I've called and a vehicle is coming
I've flowers to bring home so I'm not walking back
so don't count the hours and minutes of my next posting
happy CNY

Thanks lexishk
for giving smartie
who has been working doggedly to engage
an exit to disengage with face
you’re right
that I haven’t the slightest interest talking with youS
if we met in street or other occasions
I repeatedly admonished “gor jeu” in the past
and have been trying to flush
One should not ask for / attend a seminar
without first meeting the required standard
and doing the required reading assignment
happy CNY
a smartie after breakfast is a sin I can’t refuse
this one’s coconut is thick as usual
with little white matter and nothing else but water
before I'm leaving the house
the following isn’t for thick crusted coconut
but for potential clones if matrix reloads
in any case mogician may forget hiser glogic
for brevity I skipped implicit steps
which logic would require the average reader to fill in
none among all those who disagree with me is possibly a bigot?
as no reason is offered why I can’t/shouldn’t call a bigot
who disagrees with me a bigot
it is reasonable to assume
that the “penalty” is based on the “definition”
that my ideational opponent can’t be a bigot
for repeated public demonstration of bigotry
refer to smartie’s performance
Wow, is this site becoming a "dear diary" entry for Pierce m'boy? I suspect his twitter feed is filled with pictures of his meals. He might even be mistaking that for social commentary. or whatever a child's equivalent might be.
"none among all those who disagree with me is possibly a bigot?"
---yet another logic lesson is in order. They might be, or they might not be. But the act of disagreeing with you by itself has no bearing whatsoever on the question.
Your second last "stanza" doesn't qualify as English is any sensible form of the concept. And I'm beginning to suspect you don't even know the meaning of "bigot".
"why I can’t/shouldn’t call a bigot
who disagrees with me a bigot"
---that's a rather circular attempt at...a statement? How do you not fall down more? Well, maybe you've fallen and can't get up as we speak. Your "intellect" is certainly ground level if not downright subterranean.
Anyway, herein endeth the lesson for now. I'm sure you'll be coming back for more later, such as you are.
321manu: I admire your patience, persistence and bona fides, I really do. But there's a saying on the internet: "don't feed the troll". Would you waste your breath having a conversation with this guy if you met him on the street? Life's too short, mate.
I interact with Pierce m'boy simply for amusement. So when there's nothing on TV, when I need to take a break from Forza 5, and I need to moderate my gorging of episodes on Netflix, I come here for alternate forms of entertainment. And Pierce m'boy provides it like clockwork. Since he amuses me, I indulge him. I readily acknowledge the possibility that the humour of his insanity may not be an attribute I care to seek out indefinitely, but for now I'm still game for more.
Well then, good luck and enjoy!
extract from my 9:56am giving to $1
"don’t waste time lily gilding
preoccupied with elaborating (and misapplying) the well understood
to prove a well demonstrated nature
that’s nothing if not retarded superficial and ($1 saved)"
smartie's misunderstanding of my "misuderstading"
is most likely the right meaning of $1
smartie last informed readers sHe was going to take a shower
did smartie follow my advice and go play ball?
Hey Pierce m'boy, that "stanza" wasn't very funny the first time. Was it really so nice that you had to say it twice? Come now. I'm counting on you to say fresh stupid stuff each time. Rehashing stupid stuff you've already said makes me feel ripped off. Well, since you're amusing me for free, I suppose I'll accept it this one time. I do understand that even expert-level idiots like you must have trouble coming up with truly stupid things to say every single time. Consider this a mulligan.
lexihk spoke ably for the lexi profession
"It's all about vested interests, paranoia and control"
as a Chinese saying goes
even Cao Ciao had friends
how many bigot(s) can you find
in this series of exchanges?
you may be just another smartie
for defining that everyone who disagrees with me can’t be a bigot
for neglecting that your vituperative senior’s addiction
with m’boy, stupid, lunatic … etc
here’s 2 dollars for lesser smartie
to suggest an appropriate replacement
for describing a superficial narrow-minded and biased person
such as lesser’s senior who misapplied tu quoque
imagine that cab rank rule requires you
to take on a client with my position
then you might begin to see the real arguments
so far I can see 2 (yes two) bigots
more may be coming alone
but never enough to counter
what are good reasons and purposes
for understanding and developments




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