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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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321manu
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.
pslhk
lexihk spoke ably for the lexi profession
"It's all about vested interests, paranoia and control"
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as a Chinese saying goes
even Cao Ciao had friends
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how many bigot(s) can you find
in this series of exchanges?
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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
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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
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imagine that cab rank rule requires you
to take on a client with my position
then you might begin to see the real arguments
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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
321manu
"to suggest an appropriate replacement
for describing a superficial narrow-minded and biased person"
---c'mon, look in the mirror. Pierce m'boy it is!
"for defining that everyone who disagrees with me can’t be a bigot"
---here's another basic lesson in logic for someone who has none. You can't prove a negative. Disagreeing with you and bigot are not causally related things. So someone who disagrees with you could go either way on the bigot scale. And the burden is on you to establish your claim. What you lack in logic would be child's play for a ten year old. How can anyone be as stupid as you?
Anyway, when you grow a brain, remember to comment on the OP, cuz you've yet to do so. And explain what Snowden has to do with Xu. Good luck, cuz you'll need it.
I've always found that the true idiots tend to be self-proclaimed geniuses. You are no exception to the age-old rule. Not surprisingly, most CCP apologists fall into your same category. Rather typical.
pslhk
$1
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I can’t help braving lightening strike
so to speak as all Cantonese understand
and show you the pity of humanity
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don’t waste time lily gilding
preoccupied with elaborating the well understood
to prove a well demonstrated nature
that’s nothing if not retarded superficial and ($1 saved)
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then you may begin to learn how thinking
is not the same as your habit of regurgitation
and the historic Cold War is now fought only in your mind
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as you venture into the next step
you’d see that you’ve been reproving yourself
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go get ready for CNY
you’d benefit from socialization like my MBF
who has a more open character than smartie
321manu
I see that Pierce m'boy has moved on to speaking in tongues. I guess when all else fails, that's what the CCP apologist playbook suggests.
John Adams
Mr Lo, I fully agree with you.
The one single thing blocking China's long-term progress is the absence of the independent rule of law.
Once that matter is settled, corruption will subside to something like HK or S'Pore levels, because when China does something in earnest it does it for real .
The same will apply to pollution
lexishk
It would genuinely be a great leap forward for China, but the loyalists and apologists will continue to oppose it nonetheless. It's all about vested interests, paranoia and control.
pslhk
soon after a miscalculated figure of speech
the bigot has misapplied tu quoque
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apparently smartie’s logical expertise
is from self education using a book of logical terms
for high school students for bluffing purpose
but even that seems out of smartie’s depth
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snowden awaits trial in a “legitimate court”
xi was sentenced by a “kangaroo court”
there is a Cantonese saying about smartie
who can be read by the movement of hiser tail
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beware of smartie aka mogician for mal logician
who claims to use “endearing” address for stupid brainless … lunatic
and sHe is addicted to the derogative colonial term m’boy
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if the sea fish I just got from Mongkok this afternoon weren’t smarter than smartie
at least they look more interesting
so I’d swallow this one again
smartie's sweetie function consummated
when it emerges again
commingled with hiser kind
I’d flush it
321manu
Once again, a whole bushel full of useless verbiage. Are you suggesting that the CCP farce of a trial for Xu was something other than a kangaroo court? Cuz that would be quite funny. Well done, Pierce m'boy.
Do you have an issue with Snowden's indictment? If so, what is it? I love to hear it, cuz the next time you make a logical and coherent point will be the first time. And why bring up Snowden at all? How is it relevant to Xu's case? Listen, if you're gonna use idiotic logical fallacies, at least have the strength of conviction to own it. You are such a typical CCP apologist - get called on a logical fallacy, and spend days obfuscating about it. It is a disgrace that bespeaks substandard genetic lineage.
Anyway, Pierce m'boy, your bowel habits are amusing in a rather base and juvenile sense, but what is clear is that you lack the intestinal fortitude and the intellectual capacity for any form of meaningful discussion. Of course, this is not a new observation on my part. But I am concerned in that your comment here isn't even that funny, and if you fail to amuse me, you will have lost your one and only purpose in life. That would truly be a shame. Maybe in your next incarnation you'll at least have some wittier capacity for smack talk, cuz right now you sound like a grade-school flunky.
lexishk
You shall hereafter be fined $1 for every use of the word "bigot" in reference to someone who has a viewpoint different to yours.

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