Prize winner is anti-China
By Li Chenggang , China Daily , 12/10/10, Updated from 11/1/10
When asked about his comments on why "some people criticize the national character of Chinese people" in an interview with the then chief editor of a Hong Kong magazine in 1988, Liu said,
"Chinese people have plotted, directed and appreciated all the tragedies themselves, and this is possibly related to their nature as an ethnic group,"
When asked: "Under what conditions can China possibly realize a really historic transformation?" Liu replied:
"After undergoing a hundred years of colonial rule, Hong Kong has become what it is now. The mainland is so big that it certainly needs 300-years of colonization by the West to achieve Hong Kong's progress." "I even doubt 300 years are enough,"
At the same time, Liu also made great efforts to trumpet Western political, economic and cultural systems. But when it comes to the country that nurtured him, Liu has chosen to pour scorn and even curses on it,
"Chinese people are all impotent in flesh and in spirit", "the quality of Chinese people lies at a low level", and "Chinese people lack creativity", he said, adding that human weaknesses "have been amplified in Chinese people to a maximum" .
In 1989, he decided to return to the mainland from an academic visit to the United States and was at the forefront of the unrest in Beijing. After being arrested by the police Liu pleaded guilty and petitioned for leniency. To try and avoid imprisonment, Liu wrote a "letter of repentance" and vowed to be a man "useful to the motherland and the people". In view of his "sincere attitude", the Chinese government decided not to impose a prison sentence.
However, Liu broke his promises and continued his anti-China activities from 1991 onwards. He was given "labor education" in 1995 and 1999 on the charge of "disturbance to social order". From the mid-1990s, Liu began to work for a company subsidized by a foundation in the US with a CIA background. He was well paid and even during his imprisonment Liu has continued to be paid.
A crime in any other country as well
By Zhang Zhengyi China Daily , 12/10/10, Updated from 11/3/10
Facts unveiled by Beijing No 1 intermediate people's court and Beijing high people's court that handled Liu's case show that he was guilty of two crimes. From October 2005 to August 2008, Liu wrote a series of articles for BBC 's Chinese language website and other Internet outlets, instigating people to stand up against the Chinese government and overthrow it.
Between September and December 2008, Liu co-authored an article, advocating that China's "one-party monopolistic rule" should be abolished and replaced by a really "federal republic". Liu mobilized and organized more than 300 people to sign the article and then sent it to some overseas anti-China websites for dissemination.
Liu admitted to these crimes in court, but argued that he had only published some critical opinions and didn't have any intention of spreading rumors aimed at instigating "subversion of the State". No country will allow remarks and acts that encourage people to overthrow the government, and China is no exception.
According to China's criminal law and its judicial practice, two factors determine whether an act constitutes "subversion of the State". It should start with the form of rumor, libel or other methods. And it should lead to some serious social consequences.
Liu's remarks and acts fall into the first category. For example, he claimed the "the New China established in 1949 is only a nominal people's republic, and it is essentially a CPC-dominated nation". He even said that "China is the only one among the current world's major countries that has established an authoritarian political state and this is the source of endless of human rights disasters and social crises".
Liu's remarks exposed his ulterior motive of trying to overthrow China's established socialist society by spreading rumors, and libeling and slandering against the State.
His anti-China remarks on the Internet have not only caused extensive negative effects on society, but also resulted in verbal attacks against the Chinese government from some anti-China forces overseas. This tainted the country's image in the international community. This is the second crime that Liu committed.