Wei Jingsheng

Dissident slams award of Nobel prize to Mo Yan

The silhouette of Liu Xia, wife of Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, is seen in this photo taken at her home in Beijing in August 2012. Liu Xia has been under house arrest since October 2010. Photo: Hu Jia

Prominent Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng on Thursday criticised the awarding of the Nobel literature prize to officially tolerated author Mo Yan, saying the move was meant to please Beijing.

Friday, 12 October, 2012, 5:26pm 2 comments

China's human rights are everyone's affair

Every once in a while Chinese officials - and some Chinese people - make statements that betray a deep- seated xenophobia, a fear or even hatred of foreigners. On one level, this is easily understandable. China was the victim of western - and Japanese - aggression for over a century, and the country was turned into a semi-colony and carved up like a watermelon into spheres of influence.

30 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Book review

Bad Elements: Among The Rebels Dissidents, And Democrats Of Greater China by Ian Buruma

2 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Book review

Bad Elements: Among The Rebels Dissidents, And Democrats Of Greater China by Ian Buruma

2 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Signs of progress

IT is easy to see Beijing's freeing yesterday of a United States-based academic held for six months on charges of stealing state secrets as simply a gesture aimed at improving the chance of securing Congressional approval for China's entry into the World Trade Organisation.

30 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Puzzled by West's kowtowing

I am progressively bewildered by the leaders of the world's great democratic nations taking pains to accommodate China's dictatorial leaders. But we saw it again last week in Britain.

30 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Winning combination

THE award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the French group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is a crowning accolade for an organisation that has attracted almost as many critics as admirers during its 28-year life.

17 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Wang Dan's mother held amid Nobel talk

The mother of exiled dissident Wang Dan was briefly detained by police yesterday to prevent foreign journalists interviewing her amid speculation her son would win the Nobel Peace Prize.

16 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Dissident ban 'a blow to faith'

Blocking the entry of 11 mainland dissidents this week was a breach of the 'one country, two systems' principle, a human rights activist said yesterday.

The Government had discriminated against the dissidents, including Wang Dan and Wei Jingsheng, who wanted to attend a conference next month on China's political future, the director of Human Rights Monitor, Law Yuk-kai, said.

24 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Stage set for tense rights talks

BEIJING'S envoy to the United States has brushed off criticism of the Government's political crackdown - setting the stage for a tense forthcoming round of Sino-US talks.

10 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Wei Jingsheng health

Exiled activist Wei Jingsheng has been admitted to hospital in Taipei with acute bronchitis due to travel fatigue and heavy smoking, a doctor said yesterday.

'He needs to rest for at least one day,' said Wang Li-min, the emergency ward director at the Veterans' General Hospital.

31 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Activists battle for control of new party

Two veteran dissidents have clashed over control of an illegal opposition party.

Ren Wanding yesterday accused Xu Wenli of being power-hungry in a row which has highlighted the split in the democracy movement.

27 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Wei visit over

Wei Xiaotao, brother of Wei Jingsheng, returned to Beijing after spending three weeks with the dissident exiled in the US.

25 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Dissidents left out in the cold

DISSIDENTS will not get a chance to meet President Clinton during his visit to the mainland.

Assistant Secretary of State Stanley Roth said: 'At this point, I don't believe we're going to have dissidents on the schedule.

21 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Dissident activities destructive

I saw Wei Jingsheng on Swedish television when he visited the country and I read about him in Swedish newspapers.

I am sorry he was imprisoned for so many years and I understand that he endured great hardship.

However, I think the things he said while in Sweden were very damaging to China and Chinese people everywhere.

26 May 1998 - 12:00am