Who Is Chinese Professor Wenguang Sun?

Lawrence Kim
August 4, 2018

During a panel discussion yesterday on a Voice of America (VOA) Mandarin show called Issues & Opinions, Sun took issue with how much money China spends on foreign aid to Africa.

As he is talking, voices can be heard in the background of the recording, which VOA has since shared on Twitter.

Sun, who is one of China's oldest activists, is kept under regular surveillance.

"We don't go to Africa to spread money Spreading money isn't good to our country and society". Feng also contacted the Public Security Department of Shandong University and the Shanda Road Police Station of Jinan's Public Security Bureau.

"Here they come again, the police are here to interrupt again", he told the stunned Voice of America audience, counting off the six police officers who barged into his home.

Senator Marco Rubio on Thursday tweeted: "Every time you hear overblown rhetoric about how we are on the verge of "tyranny" or "authoritarianism" in America remember what real tyranny looks like". 'What are you doing? It's illegal for you to come to my home.

Sun was also an early co-signer of "Charter 08", a call for democratic reform whose co-author, Liu Xiaobo, won the Nobel Peace Prize but died previous year while serving a sentence for subversion.

It's unclear. VOA says its attempts to reach Prof Sun have been unsuccessful and there has been no official confirmation of any arrest or police action. Liu died past year, the first Nobel victor to die in custody since Nazi Germany.

During the Cultural Revolution, Sun was detained twice for "counterrevolutionary speech", according to Human Rights Watch, which granted him a free speech award in 2012.

In 2009, Sun, then 75, was badly beaten while visiting the grave of Zhao Ziyang, a former Communist party chief who lost his position and was held under house arrest after sympathising with the student protesters in Tiananmen Square.

A retired physics professor from Shandong University, he spent more than a decade in and out of prison at various times from the 1960s to the 1980s for criticising communist leader Mao Zedong.

"There is now no information about Professor Sun's whereabouts, but we urge his immediate release if detained for engaging in what should be his right to free speech", said Smith, who also chairs the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. Sun has also repeatedly been denied a passport without explanation, denying him the chance to visit family overseas and attend Liu's Nobel prize ceremony.

Repeated calls by AFP to his mobile and home phone number went unanswered Friday, as did messages sent via social messaging app WeChat. "I am entitled to express my opinion".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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