Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A445-W247



Release Date: March 19, 2009



Topic: China's Top Dissident Breaks Silence on Freeman (Huffington Post) 

标题:中国首席持不同政见者对傅立民事件不再沉默 (哈菲英顿邮报)


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China's Top Dissident Breaks Silence on Freeman

By Ashley Rindsberg of Huffington Post, March 18, 2009



Wei Jingsheng, the leading anti-PRC dissident who spent two decades as a political prisoner in China, recently came out to voice disapproval of the selection of Chas Freeman for the position of National Intelligence Council chair. Mr. Freeman withdrew from the appointment last week, in part because of criticism he received from Chinese dissidents over his seat on the advisory board of China's third-largest oil company and statements he made concerning the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and China's violent suppression of Tibetan demonstrations in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics last year.


In an exclusive statement, Mr. Wei commented that "due to conflict of interest, Mr. Freeman cannot make a normal and fair judgment on the related major issues when it is related to China. Yet, for President Obama to nominate this person in not just unsuitable to the Chinese, but also for the non-Chinese. Even for a non-Chinese [perspective], it is not reasonable to name a person who could not objectively make reasonable judgments on issues, especially if the person is expected to assist and thus affect the President's judgment. That could have very dangerous results."


While Mr. Freeman withdrew from the position appointment, a controversy regarding the circumstances of the withdrawal has erupted, especially on account of an outgoing statement made by Mr. Freeman, published in Foreign Policy magazine, in which Freeman assigned blame for his withdrawal on a "Lobby" of pro-Israel activists.


Commentators and newspaper editorials have fallen on both sides of the issue since Mr. Freeman's exit, with the Washington Post calling Mr. Freeman's statements a "screed", while other newspapers, including The New York Times, seemed to vindicate Freeman's allegation that he was the victim of a political witch hunt led by supporters of Israel.


However, one critical issue that has been pushed out of the public discussion since Mr. Freeman's exit is the China issue. Just weeks after Freeman's appointment was leaked to the media, a group of 87 Chinese dissidents, including a number of pro-democracy activists who were present at the infamous 1989 Tiananmen Square protests where up to 3,000 demonstrators were killed by Chinese troops, wrote a letter to President Obama protesting Mr. Freeman's appointment.


The Washington Times reported that the group of 87 were alarmed by comments Mr. Freeman made in the past concerning China. Specifically, Freeman asserted that the Chinese government's brutal suppression of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations were a "monument to overly cautious behavior on the part of the leadership, not as an example of rash action."


Freeman also drew fire for calling China's violent suppression of demonstrations by Tibetan monks in advance of the Beijing Olympics a "race riot."


Freeman also came under fire by both Chinese human rights activists and members of congress from both parties for his paid position on the advisory board of the Chinese oil and gas corporation CNOOC, which has ties with Iran's Islamist regime and attempted a 2006 takeover of American oil company Unocal.


Wei Jingsheng's statements come at a time when the debate about Freeman has turned towards focusing on President Obama's policies on Mideast peace. Many maintain that Freeman's "realist" worldview and experience as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia supplied him with the analytical skills required for the crucial national intelligence position, especially as the success of the peace process in the Middle East has emerged as a centerpiece of the Obama administration's foreign policy approach.


However, Mr. Wei has expressed caution on this view, at least as far as Charles Freeman is concerned, saying, "Mideast issues and China issues will be the major difficult issues for Obama in dealing with foreign affairs during his presidency. Yet, he nominated a person who could not make a good judgment exactly on these two issues, does this means that President Obama made compromises with someone?"


Mr. Wei has long been identified by the West as the spearhead of contemporary Chinese dissent. Once called "China's most prominent dissident" by The New York Times Wei has also widely been seen as the "Chinese Nelson Mandela." Mr. Wei was an unusually vocal and unabashed critic of the Chinese regime, a role he took on after publicly criticizing Deng Xiaoping, the leader of the Communist Party of China and China's main power-holder between the late 1970s and early 1990s.


Mr. Wei was also one of the most prominent writers on Democracy Wall, a long brick wall in a Beijing district which democracy activists used to post "truth to power" news and commentary on large paper sheets. Mr. Wei has held teaching posts at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and was hailed by famed New York Times' columnist William Safire as one of three "heroic dissidents" alongside Soviet dissidents Natan Sharansky and Andrei Sakharov.


Wei also spoke out against the Chinese government's treatment of Tibetan monks in the weeks and months before the 2008 Summer Olympics.


Like many international observers, Mr. Wei sees China and the Mideast as two hinges for the success or failure of Mr. Obama's presidency. "If Obama makes mistakes on Mideast and China issues in the next four years," Mr. Wei noted, "he will basically destroy all his effort on the economic front. As a friend to the Americans, we the Chinese democracy advocates of course are very sensitive on these issues and thus [on] the nomination of Freeman."



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A445-W247



Release Date: March 19, 2009



Topic: China's Top Dissident Breaks Silence on Freeman (Huffington Post) 

标题:中国首席持不同政见者对傅立民事件不再沉默 (哈菲英顿邮报)


Original Language Version: English (Chinese version at the end)









--哈菲英顿邮报 Ashley Rindsberg, 2009年3月18日



魏京生是反对中国政府的持不同政见者首领,曾在中国大陆作为政治犯坐牢近20年。最近他对傅立民(Charles Freeman, Jr.)被选择成为国家情报局委员会主任一事发表反对意见。上周傅立民本人撤销了这个任命,部分原因是因为中国持不同政见者们对他言论的严厉批评。这些批评包括傅立民是中国第三大石油公司的顾问,他对1989年天安门屠杀事件的声明,以及他去年北京奥运会前中国政府对西藏示威予以暴力镇压的评论。


在一个独家的声明中,魏京生先生评论道:" 由于利益的冲突,傅立民无法在与中国有关的一系列重大问题上做出一个正常和公平的判断。奥巴马总统提名的这个人不仅对中国人民是不适宜的,对非中国人也不适宜。因为即使是对其他的非中国人而言,提名一个在重大问题上不能客观地进行合乎情理的判断的人,也是不合理的。尤其是这个人将辅助并影响到总统的判断。其结果会是非常危险的。"






不过,傅立民先生辞职引发的公众议论引出的一个严重问题是中国事务。在傅立民被提名的消息透露到媒体的几个星期之后,87名中国持不同政见者,其中包括很多当年参加八九天安门广场抗议的民运人士 -- 在那里有可以高达3000的中国示威者被中国军队屠杀 -- 写信给奥巴马总统抗议对傅立民的任命。














魏先生也曾是民主墙最重要的作者之一。民主墙是北京一个区的一堵长砖墙,在那里,民主活跃人士们用大字报形式张贴向权力讲真话的各种新闻和评论。魏先生还在哥伦比亚大学国际和公众关系学院授课,被《纽约时报》专栏作家萨费尔(William Safire)誉为三大持不同政见英雄之一。另外两个英雄是夏兰斯基和萨哈罗夫。


















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