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October 9, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack, Los Angeles Times
Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a bold stroke that highlighted China's ongoing repression of free expression ? and its toxic distaste for criticism from abroad. The award came despite threats from Chinese officials who sought to dissuade the judges from honoring Liu, a 54-year-old writer who has remained unbowed in his decades-long fight for freedom of expression and democratic reform. Liu's writings have brought him lengthy stints in prison, labor camp and house arrest, and have stripped him of the right to publish or teach in his homeland.
October 11, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
In the first whisper of a comment since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 48 hours earlier, imprisoned Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo sent word through his wife Sunday that he would dedicate the award to activists killed during 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations at Tiananmen Square, according to a human rights organization. The writer's wife, who has been held under house arrest, was escorted by police to Jinzhou Prison in northern China's Liaoning province where she was able to speak with her husband.
October 14, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
A former secretary to Mao Tse-tung as well as an ex-publisher of the People's Daily are among retired Communist Party heavyweights who have published a toughly worded open letter calling on the Chinese government to abolish censorship. The letter began circulating Oct. 1, but the campaign has gained traction since Friday, when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to dissident writer Liu Xiaobo, imprisoned for his role in drafting a similar pro-democracy letter called Charter 08 two years ago. This latest call for freedom will not be so easily suppressed because of the Communist Party bona fides of the people who signed.
October 12, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Mo Yan's name is Chinese for "don't speak. " It aptly captures the conflict embodied by a writer trying to produce literature in a society where creative expression is still censored. The 57-year-old novelist - who won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday - was born Guan Moye; Mo Yan has been his pseudonym since he began writing in the early 1980s. The pen name is telling for reasons literary and political. It speaks to what colleagues call Mo's quality of being private yet devoted to family and place.
July 16, 1989 | HAROLD TANNER, Harold Tanner is a graduate student in Chinese history at Columbia University
China, in the words of its rulers, is "returning to normal." Meanwhile, the Western press, glutted with the China story, turns its attention to flags, abortion and the Common Market. The Chinese Communist Party could think of no better circumstances under which to go forward with the trial, execution and imprisonment of the intellectuals and workers whom they have arrested since the June 4 crackdown.
January 18, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
The rhetoric in advance of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington that begins Tuesday sounds like an endless loop of the Communist Party's favorite buzzwords: Stability. Harmony. Cooperation. It speaks to the image that Beijing wants to project to Americans ? that of a benign giant whose rise will only benefit its neighbors and trading partners. But it's also a matter of self-interest. Selling that image abroad is key to ensuring that China can keep its economy booming at a time when its growth is alarming large parts of the world.
October 16, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Soft-spoken, bespectacled and so benign that his nickname is "Grandpa," Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has emerged in recent weeks as the lone champion within the top ranks of the Communist Party for political reform. At a time when the party seems confident of its handling of the burgeoning economy, Wen has developed a habit of speaking out on political reform. "The people's desire and need for democracy and freedom are irresistible," Wen said in an interview aired Oct. 3 on CNN, one of half a dozen similar comments he has uttered since late August.
January 21, 2011
There are many metrics by which to judge the summit between President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao, but one has attracted the most attention: Did Obama adequately stand up for human rights in China? Much as we would have preferred a more full-throated criticism of China's abysmal record ? including the imprisonment of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo ? we recognize that Obama was required to balance principle and protocol. The principle part took place largely in private.
January 25, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Legal advocate Xu Zhiyong was sentenced Sunday morning to four years in prison after being convicted by a Beijing court of "gathering a crowd to disrupt public order. " The 40-year-old Xu is the most prominent Chinese activist to be sentenced to prison since the 2009 trial of Liu Xiaobo, who was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. "This destroys the last remaining dignity of the Chinese legal system," Xu told the court, according to his lawyer, Zhang Qingfang.
November 10, 2010 | Barbara Demick
A lawyer for Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo was blocked Tuesday from leaving Beijing in what appeared to be an attempt by the Chinese government to put a damper on festivities at the Nobel awards dinner next month in Oslo. Mo Shaoping, whose Beijing law firm represents Liu, and Hong Kong University law professor He Weifang were detained at Beijing's airport as they were preparing to board a British Airways flight to London, where they were invited to attend a legal conference.
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