Wang Lijun Allegedly Sought British Asylum

A forthcoming book by Chinese journalists Pin Ho and Wenguang Huang claims that Wang Lijun unsuccessfully sought asylum from the U.K. months before entering the U.S. consulate in Chengdu last year, adding yet more ingredients to...

Wang Lijun Sentenced to 15 Years

Xinhua reports that former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison “for bending the law for selfish ends, defection, abuse of power and bribe-taking”. Wang, the former vice...

Details of the Trials of Wang Lijun

Xinhua has published a detailed nine-page account of Wang Lijun’s trial, held in Chengdu on Monday and Tuesday this week, for defection, abuse of power, corruption and “bending the law for selfish means”....

Wang Accepts Charges as Trial Ends

After a secret proceedings in the trial of former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun started a day early on Monday, John Garnaut of The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the trial of Bo Xilai’s one-time right hand man in...

Secret Proceedings in Wang Lijun Trial Start Early

The trial of former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun, who launched a major political scandal after making a surprise visit to the U.S. Consulate in February, started proceedings a day early. Foreign reporters in Chengdu, where...

Trial Date Set for Former Chongqing Police Chief

Former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun, charged last week with defection, abuse of power and corruption, is to stand trial next Tuesday in Chengdu. Officials have promised an open trial, but CNN’s Steven Jiang reports...

Wang Lijun: Tip of the Iceberg?

Amid the rumors surfacing about the status of Chongqing vice-mayor and former police chief Wang Lijun, after locals reported a police presence outside the U.S. consulate in Chengdu and Chonqging authorities announced that...

Official Disappears Amid Defection Rumors (Updated)

Rumors are swirling in the foreign press and in both western and Chinese social media around the whereabouts of Wang Lijun, the Chongqing vice-mayor and former police chief credited with carrying out party secretary and...

Mao’s Last Dancer

The Houston Chronicle reviews Mao’s Last Dancer, a film about ballet dancer Li Cunxin, who was the first person in the cultural field to defect from China: Directed by Bruce Beresford from a screenplay by Jan Sardi,...

North Korean Plane Crash in China is Shrouded in Mystery

A plane on an apparently illicit flight from North Korean into China has crashed and killed the pilot. The Christian Science Monitor reports: The South’s Yonhap news agency, reporting from the major northeastern Chinese city of...

ABC: Third Chinese defector details human rights abuses

ABC reports that the lawyer for a former Chinese security bureau official, who has been granted refugee status in Australia, has outlined abuses. He says his client saw abuses perpetrated by members of China’s secret service. The revelation of a third defector comes as two other former officials, diplomat Chen Yonglin and policeman Hao Fengjun, […]

Geremie R. Barme: Under the bamboo curtain and into Vanstone limbo

From The Australian: I HAVEN’T met a defector for years. Well, at least not an embassy official. But in the late 1980s my then partner, Linda Jaivin, and I were befriended by Wang Qunsheng, a pleasant if rather doctrinaire member of the Chinese embassy staff in Canberra. Wang was always solicitous and perhaps a little […]

AFP: Chinese envoy renews plea for asylum

From the International Herald Tribune: A Chinese diplomat renewed his bid to defect to Australia on Tuesday after a first asylum request was rejected amid concerns that the case could harm growing trade relations with China. See also “China defector in Australia contacts U.S. mission” from Reuters and “Pro-democracy claims not convincing: China expert” from […]

BBC: China Diplomat Makes Asylum Plea

From BBC, via Turkish Weekly: A senior Chinese diplomat who left his job at his country’s consulate-general in Sydney has addressed a rally to commemorate the Tiananmen events. “I feel very unsafe,” he told a crowd of several hundred people in Sydney. “In 16 years, the Chinese government has done nothing for political reform. People […]



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