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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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pslhk
"jailing of Xu Zhiyong a disgrace"
"prosecution of Edward Snowden a disgrace"
why are x and s charged for pursuing
their countries’ declared national values?
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intellectual integrity demands respect for these meaningful questions
that they aren’t to be dismissed by spinal reflects
but should be followed by fact finding and soul searching
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08 the year of the copycat charter is a critical year
to appreciate its significance
start with W Engdahl’s target china
then think and research and think and research some more
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avoid knee jerks such as that demonstrated below
by smartie 666 the habitual reflector
who mistakes bowel movement as his logical thinking:
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“… tells us that corruption is not what Xi is fighting after all”
“…using corruption simply as an excuse to purge his political foes”
“… a latter day version of Mao”
“China is run by people who selfishly seek to enrich and empower themselves”
"The most amazing thing of all is ..."
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smartie can’t be so smart that he won’t look back
and laugh at his own jokes
321manu
People who understand logic realize that tu quoque is a logical fallacy. Of course, Pierce m'boy the dumbo doesn't, so naturally, he doesn't.
Indeed, Snowden's treatment is a disgrace as well. But that doesn't alter the Xu case one iota. We could p**** further the difference between Snowden awaiting his day in court in a legitimate prosecution, versus Xu who got jailed after a kangaroo court. But I'm sure that sort of subtlety eludes our resident dumbo.
Man, what is it with CCP apologists and their fascination with bodily functions? It's a fixation that bespeaks much deeper psychological depravities. Sadly, Xi and the CCP are no laughing matter for Chinese people. It really takes a certain deplorable type of person to justify jailing a guy who was peacefully protesting for increased government transparency and less corruption. But hey, when you're a CCP apologist like Pierce m'boy, that's your lot in life.
Naturally, Pierce m'boy is the opposite of smart. But if he had a brain, maybe he might try to tell us how Xi throwing a guy campaigning against corruption is a sign of Xi fighting corruption. Or how Xi's eagerness to fight corruption explains why the CCP is suppressing a report of CCP cadre with off-shore accounts. That's what an intelligent person would do. Pierce m'boy obviously isn't one of them, so instead, we get the above...which I would charitably describe as an "opinion" insofar as he had some random thoughts and put them on paper.
lexishk
I'm indebted to you, 321manu. I didn't realise it was the one and only Pierce Lam's poetry I was suffering through on a daily basis. Now it all makes so much more sense.
321manu
I can't take credit. Someone else clued me in. Apparently this Pierce dude is a rather infamous idiot who gets around. Thankfully I only expose myself to his unique brand of stupidity on this site.
321manu
Well let's face it, jailing Liu Xiaobo is itself a crock-pot full of baloney. His "crime" was to suggest consideration for an alternative to the CCP's one party rule. In fact, the only crime in that case was that the CCP lacked the confidence in its own system's ability to withstand scrutiny, and competition. But while the Liu case is old news (unless you are Liu, I suppose), it's more than coincidence that it shares some themes with the CCP's current crime against Xu.
In Xu's case, like with his predecessor, protest was non-violent. The guy wants more transparency, and less official corruption. Ostensibly, it's what Xi Jinping wants. But the fact that Xu ended up in jail tells us that corruption is not what Xi is fighting after all. Instead, Xi is using corruption simply as an excuse to purge his political foes...and you can start the tally back with Bo Xilai. Xi is just a latter day version of Mao, using populist memes as cover in order to consolidate political power.
So the only crimes here, with Liu and Xu, are that China is run by people who selfishly seek to enrich and empower themselves, within a system that seeks to stamp out alternatives out of fear. What a fantastic model. The most amazing thing of all is that some HKers actually want to get themselves some of that great action.

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