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October 2, 1968 Born in Suining, Sichuan Province. September 1987 Enrolled in the School of Labor and Human Resources, Renmin University in Beijing. April–June 1989
[Wu Zeheng] After proposing, in 1998 and 1999, government reforms, including greater government transparency, establishing non-Party oversight bodies, and ending corruption, Wu Zeheng, a Guangdong-based Buddhist leader, was sentenced to 11 years in prison on the charges of "illegal business" and "...
It is well known that the Chinese government’s budgetary process is a messy one. The concept of a “budget” in China includes: a formal and legal budget; an official but quasi-legal extra-budget; and an informal, occasionally illegal, extra-extra budget. The government budget is thus a complex mix...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) : You are an astute observer of China’s political landscape. Can you share with us some of the major social and political trends that you see?
On December 17, 2010, a Tunisian street peddler was mistreated by a law-enforcement officer. The incident prompted a non-violent resistance movement among citizens, which evolved into a “Jasmine Revolution.” This Jasmine Revolution not only peacefully changed the regimes of Tunisia and Egypt, but...
China’s fledgling Jasmine Revolution was barely more than a whisper on Twitter when Chinese authorities moved into action, detaining a number of prominent rights lawyers, activists, and netizens in an effort to nip the “revolution” in the bud. 1

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