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Pro-democracy activist Wang Rongqing sentenced to six years for "subversion"
He is one of the veterans of the pro-democracy movement. The heavy sentence demonstrates that the government intends to suffocate the spread of democratic ideas, following the publication of the Charter 08. Beijing also fears demonstrations in 2009, the 20th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen. Wang Rongqing has also written in defense of religious freedom.
Twenty years since Tiananmen massacre: China restricts entry visas
A former student leader of the protests in 1989 has been denied entry to the country, for generic reasons. Human rights groups: this is how Beijing is preparing for the anniversary of the massacre.
Party official issues urgent call for democratic reforms
Within the Communist Party itself, a growing number of voices are calling for political reforms, less censorship, and room for dissent. They are applying pressure to the leaders, who want to talk only about the economy. The police "sequester" a signer of Charter 08 for hours.
Bao Tong: Beijing should explain how Charter '08 violates the law
Endorsements are increasing for the proposal for the democratic transformation of the country. Former communist leader Bao Tong has sent an open letter to Beijing, stressing that everything requested in Charter '08 is already provided for in the Chinese constitution, and asking them to explain "why it is illegal."
26/09/2005 CHINA HONG KONG
HK pro-democracy lawmakers and Chinese Communist officials talk about Tiananmen
For the first time since 1989 members of Hong Kong Democratic Party visit Guangdong. A small step towards dialogue, but the "way is still long".
23/02/2009 CHINA - UNITED STATES
China and U.S. breathe sigh of relief: economy more important than human rights
For Mrs. Clinton, human rights will no longer be the main issue. In exchange, Beijing has decided to continue buying U.S. Treasury bonds, in order to support the American economy.
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