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Open Letter from Party Elders Calls for Free Speech

China Media Project has translated a letter by several party elders, including former Mao Zedong secretary Li Rui and former People’s Daily editor Hu Jiwei. From the CMP introduction: On October 11, 23 Chinese Communist...

Michael Sheridan: Mao Veterans Call for a Liberal China

From the Sunday Times: Veteran communists including Mao Tse-tung’s surviving personal secretary, who is 91, have braved the wrath of party leaders in an appeal for more democracy in China, an end to censorship and an independent...

China Communist Elder Issues Bold Call For Democracy – Chris Buckley

From Reuters: In a bold jab before a key meeting of China’s Communists, a 90-year-old former secretary to Mao Zedong has urged the Party to embrace democracy, saying that only political freedom can end instability and corruption. Li Rui issued his demand for citizens’ rights and legal shackles on Party power in a Beijing magazine, […]

Jonathan Watts: China must confront dark past, says Mao confidant

From The Guardian Unlimited: Communist party veteran says Tiananmen students were right to demand more democracy and less corruption. His giant portrait still hangs in pride of place over the entrance to the Forbidden City, his embalmed body lies in a mausoleum in the middle of Tiananmen Square, and his visage is the only one […]



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