This Is How We Interviewed Wen Qiang

EastSouthWestNorth compiles media stories of the execution of former Chongqing official, Wen Qiang. An excerpt of a translated China Youth Daily interview with Zhou Xiaoya, Wen Qiang’s wife:

On this afternoon, the China Youth Daily interviewed Wen Qiang’s wife Zhou Xiaoya at a certain detention center in Chongqing. At the time, Zhou was still unaware that Wen Qiang had been executed.

Q: How do you rate Wen Qiang as a husband?
A (unhesitatingly): He was my good husband. He was good to me and my son. He cared a lot about the family.

Q: How did he show his care for the family?
A (flinching her the corner of her lip upwards): He would tell me everything that happened outside. If I fell ill, he will make all the arrangements to see that I am very well taken care of.

Q: After the first trial, you seemed particularly emotional about the verdict. Is this because you cannot except your verdict?
A: No. I could not accept the death sentence for him. He did not deserve to die for his crimes. He really did not deserve to die. He did wrong. He let the people down. He let the Party down. But he did not deserve to die.

Q: As Wen Qiang’s wife, what is your rating of his “contributions”? Assuming 100 is the maximum and 0 is the minimum.
A: I give him 100.

Q: About his “mistakes,” what is your rating? Assuming 100 is the maximum and 0 is the minimum.
A: I give him 50.


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