Biden Encourages Chinese to Challenge Their Government
On Dec. 4, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met Chinese visa
applicants at the U.S. Embassy consular section in Beijing.
He urged them to challenge their government.
BBC Chinese reported that Biden, accompanied by U.S.
ambassador to China Gary Locke, had a conversation
at the U.S. Embassy with the Chinese visa applicants.
Biden stressed the liberal and permissive intellectual culture
in the U.S.
He said, “innovation can only occur
where you can breathe freely".
He encouraged the applicants to challenge their government,
teachers and religious leaders
In May, Biden told students at the University of Pennsylvania
that you can’t think differently in a nation where you can’t
Reuters: Son of Zhou Yongkang Returns to China
to Aid Corruption Investigation
Reuters reported that three sources said Zhou Bin, eldest son
of Zhou Yongkang former Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
Politburo Standing Committee, has returned to China to help
with a corruption investigation.
Since returning, Zhou Bin’s movements have been restricted.
If Zhou Yongkang were directly implicated in the probe,
he would be the most senior Chinese politician ensnared in a
corruption scandal since the Communists came to power in
1949, reported Reuters.
Reuters was told by three sources that Zhou Bin was under
quasi-detention on the outskirts of Beijing so he could assist
the party’s anti-corruption watchdog with the investigation.
A source who has direct knowledge of the matter revealed
to Reuters, “Zhou Bin agreed to return from overseas for
questioning by the Central Commission for Discipline
It was unclear when he returned to China, but the
questioning began around September time.
Another source said that the investigation was related to
Jiang Jiemin, former chief of CNPC and PetroChina.
According to Reuters, all three sources requested anonymity
because they were not authorized to speak to foreign reporters
about the politically sensitive matter.
Defendants’ Attorneys Were Besieged on Trial Day
Jiangxi case defendants, Liu Ping, Wei Zhongping and Li Sihua,
are charged on “unlawful assembly and disturbing public order."
The trial for Dec. 3 was adjourned because both attorneys and
the court could not reach an agreement.
During the subsequent trial date on Dec. 4 the court announced
the trial will resume the next day due to disputes on both sides.
On the morning of Dec. 4 on the way to the court, the attorneys
met several blockades guarded by police as far as one kilometer
distance away from the court.
In front of the court, the lawyers were besieged by a large
number of unidentified people who assaulted the lawyers
verbally and by actions. The lawyers were hit by lumps
Liu Ping’s daughter, Liao Minyue, who was doing video
recording, was pushed to the ground by a policewoman.
During the trial, lawyers speaking were frequently restricted.
Attorney Yang Jinzhu retreated from the court to protest.
The trial was in recess at that point.
Liu Ping’s daughter, Liao Minyue, was also threatened
by the presiding judge about retaliation against her will.
Liu Ping constantly cried and begged her daughter to
stay out of her case during the trial.