Authorities allegedly spent 9.5 million yuan a year during the 19-month house arrest of rights activist Chen Guangcheng , before his escape to the US embassy in Beijing in 2012. Photo: Reuters

Is there no better choice for China than putting a price on peace?

'Red packets' and security staff for dissidents prove costly in China's bid to maintain stability

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Authorities allegedly spent 9.5 million yuan a year during the 19-month house arrest of rights activist Chen Guangcheng , before his escape to the US embassy in Beijing in 2012. Photo: Reuters
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