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The Threat of Charter 08

Feng Chongyi

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

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789888139064
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882209732 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888139064.003.0007
The Threat of Charter 08

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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 officials, retired officials, and others from within the system. More significantly, Charter 08 symbolizes yet another alliance between political dissidence and the weiquan movement which is more rooted in Chinese society. The two political forces have been sharply divided since 1989. While the former challenges the CCP directly and calls for a fundamental political change, the latter takes concrete actions in protecting the legal rights of citizens within the framework of the existing political system. Charter 08 provides a common ground for the two forces.

Keywords: Charter 08; Liu Xiaobo; Human rights; China; Constititutionalism; Dissidents; Officials; Political reform

Chapter.  7645 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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