December 25, 2002 |
After years of lobbying by the U.S. and other governments, Chinese authorities freed one of the nation's most famous dissidents from prison Tuesday and sent the democracy activist into de facto exile in the United States. The release of Xu Wenli highlights Beijing's desire for stable ties with Washington and the growing influence of Chinese diplomats who see such paroles as instrumental in achieving that goal, analysts said. Xu, once known to his jailers as Special Prisoner No.
June 4, 2000 |
Xu Jin was 8 when the police came to the family home in Beijing at midnight to take her father away. She woke up and asked him what was going on. "Nothing," he said. "Just go back to sleep." That was in 1981. Now she's a 27-year-old student at Boston University. And her dad, Xu Wenli, is still a prisoner. He went to prison for 12 years for advocating democracy, which China's Communist government called subversion.
December 26, 2002 |
A Chinese democracy activist who was released from jail and flown to the United States is overjoyed by his new freedom but awed by the task of starting his life over at 59, his daughter said Wednesday. Xu Wenli, freed after four years in a Chinese prison, spent the day catching up with his family and sleeping off jet lag after arriving in New York, said his daughter, Xu Jin. "It's overwhelmingly joyful," the daughter said. "There are just a lot of emotions, and it's going to be hard.
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October 1, 2001 |
The night before I was to be released from a Beijing prison in August 2000, I had a conversation with a high official in the Beijing Public Security Bureau that I will never forget. Tall, thin and well-educated, this officer had overseen the cases of many dissidents before me. For 10 hours, we sparred in a room clogged with our own cigarette smoke. Then the officer turned friendly. He told me I was to be released, to be returned to the United States the next day.
May 26, 1993 |
In a gesture clearly aimed at influencing debate over China policy in Washington, one of China's longest-serving political prisoners was released today after serving 12 years of a 15-year sentence. Xu Wenli, 49, a former electrician and editor who was one of China's most prominent pro-democracy activists in the early 1980s, was released from Beijing No. 1 prison and driven to his home, where he embraced his wife and spoke briefly with reporters.
November 13, 1988 |
A prominent Chinese political prisoner has been kept in solitary confinement for seven years and refuses to confess in full his "counterrevolutionary crimes," the prison's warden said. "Xu Wenli is here but you cannot see him," Col. Xing Zhonghe said Friday in a rare interview after guards gave reporters a guided tour of Beijing's No. 1 Prison. The prison is home to 2,000 long-term criminals and more than 30 political prisoners. "Xu committed counterrevolutionary crimes," said Xing.