December 9, 1997 |
Ignoring requests by China's leaders, President Clinton met Monday with Wei Jingsheng, just three weeks after the prominent Chinese dissident was released from prison and exiled from his homeland. But in an apparent effort to avoid damaging relations with Beijing, White House officials played down the 35-minute meeting, calling it a personal visit. They released an official photograph rather than allowing news photographers or reporters into the private session.
November 25, 1997 |
The University of California at Berkeley has offered a six-month visiting fellowship to freed Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng, a university official said Monday. Eric Stover, director of the university's Human Rights Center, said Wei had also been invited to lecture at the school within the next few months. Considered the father of China's modern democracy movement, Wei was freed this month after having served as a prisoner in China for all but a few months since 1979.
November 23, 1997 |
Wei Jingsheng, China's most famous dissident, says the United States has been engaging in "wishful thinking" about China, whose Communist Party leadership, he claims, is trying to obtain Western technology for military purposes. "The United States seemed to be clearer about the threat from the Soviet Union. And it was also tougher with the Soviet Union," Wei said through an interpreter in an interview with The Times on Saturday, a week after being freed from a Chinese labor camp.
November 19, 1997 |
Eight years ago, Fang Lizhi was a cause celebre. He was the fiery champion of democracy blamed by the Chinese regime for the mammoth demonstrations that spread through the cities and universities of China in 1989. After the Tiananmen Square massacre, he fled to the safety of the American Embassy in Beijing. There, he became the focus of a year of frenetic negotiations between the George Bush administration and China before he was finally allowed to leave the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1997
Today China's leading political dissident, Wei Jingsheng, is a free man in the United States, far from the homeland where he championed democracy despite a long and brutal imprisonment. Wei had always said that he would not leave China, but the fact is his views on political reform can be communicated better from outside his country. Clearly the international community's continued focus on the plight of Wei, 47, helped to create the pressure to free him.
November 17, 1997 |
During nearly 17 years of imprisonment under often harsh conditions, Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng kept his spirits alive by writing irreverent letters to China's top leaders. "I've written you so many times now that I'm probably beginning to get on your nerves and you are wondering, 'Why can't this guy just sit in prison quietly?' " Wei said in a November 1989 letter to the late "paramount leader" Deng Xiaoping.