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

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

by Jean-Philippe Beja
     
 

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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 signed by more than 10,000 people. One of its authors, Liu Xiaobo, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 but has remained in prison since 2009 for subversive crimes

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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 signed by more than 10,000 people. One of its authors, Liu Xiaobo, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 but has remained in prison since 2009 for subversive crimes. This collection – the first of its kind in English – examines the trial of Liu Xiaobo, the significance and impact of Charter 08, and the prospects for reform in China. The collection includes contributions from legal and political experts from around the world, a detailed account of Liu's trial by his defence lawyers, and a passionate – and ultimately optimistic – account of resistance, repression and political change by the human rights lawyer Teng Biao.

Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs - Jerome A. Cohen

Anyone pondering the choices confronting China's recently installed new leadership will want to read this perfectly timed collection of stimulating essays by a diverse group of perceptive China watchers.

Pacific Affairs

... An excellent and wide-ranging analysis of the Charter 08 initiative for the gradual and peaceful democratization of China, and events swirling around the intellectual... professor and activist Liu Xiabo.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789888139071
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2012
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Jean-Philippe Béja is a senior research fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Research, Paris. Fu Hualing is a professor of law at the University of Hong Kong. Eva Pils is an associate professor of law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

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