Winter of China’s discontents
Catherine Armitage published this article on The Weekend Australian:
“Who knows what might happen? said one of China’s most famous dissidents, tucking into a plate of preserved green eggs at a suburban Beijing restaurant last week.
As evening commuters scurried past outside with heads bowed to the cold, we were discussing the political climate in the Chinese capital.
Media and intellectual circles were crackling with speculation of a crackdown, and I asked Liu Xiaobo, the former literary academic accused of being an organiser in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, whether he was planning any fresh moves in the democracy campaign he has doggedly pursued since then, despite being twice jailed.