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Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Jean-Philippe Béja, Fu Hualing, and Eva Pils (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

In December 2008 some 350 Chinese intellectuals published a manifesto calling for reform of the Chinese constitution and an end to one-party rule. Known as “Charter 08,” the manifesto has since been ... More


Is Jail the Only Place Where One Can “Live in Truth”?: Liu Xiaobo's Experience

Jean-Philippe Béja

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter introduces Liu Xiaobo as a scholar and activist. It highlights the turning points in Liu's life and puts them in political context. Liu's transformation from a bookish scholar into a ... More


The Sky is Falling: Inciting Subversion and the Defense of Liu Xiaobo

Joshua Rosenzweig

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter examines Liu as a target of criminal prosecution. It provides a careful and detailed historical review of the offence of inciting subversion, on which Liu was convicted. The chapter ... More


Criminal Defense in Sensitive Cases: Yao Fuxin, Yang Jianli, Jiang Lijun, Du Daobin, Liu Xiaobo, and Others

Mo Shaoping, Gao Xia, Lü Xi, and Chen Zerui

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

In this chapter, Liu Xiaobo's defense team, led by Mo Shaoping, introduce major subversive cases that they have defended over the years. By setting out the prosecution evidence and arguments, the ... More


Breaking through the Obstacles of Political Isolation and Discrimination

Cui Weiping

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter is an account of how Cui Weiping collated the first reactions of intellectuals and artists to Liu Xiabo's conviction and eleven-year sentence. Spurred into action by her own outrage and ... More


Boundaries of Tolerance: Charter 08 and Debates over Political Reform

Pitman B. Potter and Sophia Woodman

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter chapter provides a critical review of Charter 08's compatibility and inconsistency with the existing constitutional and legal order. Charter 08 is a sophisticated document that both ... More


The Threat of Charter 08

Feng Chongyi

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

Charter 08 is a document that seeks to forge a grand alliance of Chinese liberal elements within the system and outside the system. Its signatories and supporters include known dissidents as well as ... More


Democracy, Charter 08, and China's Long Struggle for Dignity

Man Yee Karen Lee

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter considers Charter 08 as a manifestation of China's long fight for dignity by generations of dissidents. Indeed, despite the different views between Wei Jingsheng and Liu Xiaobo on ... More


Charter 08 and Charta 77: East European Past as China's Future?

Michaela Kotyzova

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter offers a comparison between Charter 08 and Charta 77, the manifesto written by Czechoslovak dissidents, mainly Vàclav Havel and Jan Patocka, to demand the respect of human rights by the ... More


Challenging Authoritarianism through Law

Fu Hualing

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter provides a historical background discussion of the legal rights-based weiquan movement in China, traces the tension between the supply and demand of rights, and explains an institutional ... More


Popular Constitutionalism and the Constitutional Meaning of Charter 08

Michael W. Dowdle

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0011
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter places Charter 08 in the comparative and historical context of popular constitutionalism. Popular constitutionalism appeals to the understanding of generations of people who make use of, ... More


Charter 08 and Violent Resistance: The Dark Side of the Chinese Weiquan Movement

Eva Pils

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This analysis of the weiquan movement focuses on its “dark sides.” Drawing on interviews with lawyers and petitioners, this chapter describes the at-times brutal persecution of rights defenders and ... More


The Politics of Liu Xiaobo's Trial

Willy Wo-Lap Lam

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0013
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter explores the macro-level political development in China and the possibilities of liberalization in the context of weiquan and weiwen. The government is resorting to both hard and soft ... More


The Political Meaning of the Crime of “Subverting State Power”

Teng Biao

in Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 and the Challenges of Political Reform in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9789888139064
eISBN:
9789882209732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0014
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter explores the psychology of resistance that explains why and how some people refuse to back down, acquiesce, accommodate official lies, and reach arrangements with the system. In a ... More


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