11/20/2020, 09.28
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Beijing freezes the bank accounts of a dissident journalist

Deng Yuwen sees it as a warning to critics of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who, like him, are sheltered in the United States. He was deputy editor of an official regime newspaper: he had criticized Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao for failing to implement political reforms. Like Cai Xia, a former Professor in the Party School, he called on the US to support liberals in China.

Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Chinese government has frozen the bank deposits of a dissident journalist, who rose to prominence in 2012 for attacking the country's leadership. Deng Yuwen denounced the move himself in a statement released yesterday explaining that the Beijing regime is giving a warning to critics of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who like him live in the United States.

According to the former deputy editor of the Study Times, an official CCP publication, the Chinese authorities have blocked his accounts because he is considered a "threat" to national security. The frozen sum amounts to 300 thousand yuan (38,450 euros).

Deng was fired in 2013. In September 2012, he had harshly criticized the domestic and foreign policies of then-president Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. The biggest accusation against them was that they carried out few political reforms and increased pollution, the gap between rich and poor, and social instability. He also called on the government to stop treating the North Korean regime as an ally.

For five years Deng lived under police surveillance before fleeing to the USA in 2018. He said he was not sure what threat he could pose to the Party, but said he will continue to use his pen to exercise his "right to criticize the CCP".

In an editorial published in the New York Times in August, the dissident journalist advised Washington to review its strategy of containing China and find a way to "reactivate reformists within the CCP and liberals in Chinese society." This is also claimed by Cai Xia, a former professor at the Central Party School, expelled from the CCP in the summer after being openly critical of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Cai like Deng lives in the United States.

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