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Monday, August 06, 2018

On Wednesday, Sun Wenguang, 84, was in the middle of an interview with US-funded broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) when police broke into his home in Jinan, China and forced him off air. Prof Sun has in the past been openly critical of the Chinese government. A friend confirmed to the BBC that Prof Sun had been taken from his home by Jinan city police officers. It followed an open letter he wrote recently criticising President Mr Xi's decision to spend money on foreign aid, loans and investments. He urged him instead to concentrate on domestic spending. The letter also criticised Mr Xi's decision to remove presidential term limits. As he was talking, voices can be heard in the background of the recording, which VOA has since shared on Twitter. "Here they are again - seven, eight [of them]," he tells the interviewer before addressing the group of officers. "What, did I say anything wrong? Listen to what I say, is it wrong?"

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The audio is worth a listen.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-08-05 08:50 PM | Reply

"I have my freedom of speech," are the last words a retired university professor is heard saying before the line goes dead.

^
That's Chinese for "Don't Taze me, bro!"

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-05 09:12 PM | Reply

There's an interesting article in Forbes claiming China's investments and exploitations in Africa are just like the behavior of European colonizers. There's probably some truth to that, but some of it also plays into the xenophobia and racism within Africa.

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-08-05 10:56 PM | Reply

"There's an interesting article in Forbes claiming China's investments and exploitations in Africa are just like the behavior of European colonizers."

What else would they be?

This is shaping up to be China's century.

#MAGA.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-05 11:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Contemporary China's involvement in Africa goes back almost as far as the founding of the PRC in the mid 20th century. It's really ramped up in the past 15 years or so.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-08-05 11:45 PM | Reply

Funny you should mention that. Capitalism has really ramped up in China in the past 15 years or so. Probably just a coincidence that they are now emulating imperialist oops I mean capitalist strategies in Africa.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-08-05 11:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Authoritative over-reach cuts both ways.
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Trump, cabinet, and his supporters: are you paying attention?

#7 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-08-06 01:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

For all their manufacturing China remains a communist hell-hole don't let trolls convince you otherwise.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2018-08-07 06:38 PM | Reply

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