China Targets Political Foes After Dissident Trial
A senior Chinese police official has vowed “pre-emptive attacks” against threats to Communist Party control in a speech published days after the nation’s most prominent dissident was jailed for criticizing the Party.
Vice Minister for Public Security Yang Huanning said the government faced undiminished risks to control, despite fast economic growth, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
In a speech on December 18 to security officials, published only on Monday, Yang singled out perceived threats from political foes of the ruling Communist Party, including separatist sentiment in the far-western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang.
See also: “The Rebirth of Charter 08” from the Wall Street Journal and “Will the West’s criticism of China for jailing top dissident backfire?” from the Christian Science Monitor.