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Political activists publish open letter addressed to China

Staff writer, with CNA

Several Chinese political activists who have been in exile since their involvement in the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations published an open letter to Beijing yesterday, urging authorities to allow them to return home.

The dissidents — Wang Dan (王丹), Wuer Kaixi, Wang Juntao (王軍濤), Wu Renhua (吳仁華) and Xiang Xiaoji (項小吉) — said in the joint letter posted on Wang Dan’s social networking page that they were willing to discuss the issue with Beijing on conditions of openness and sincerity.

Wang Dan and Wuer Kaixi are currently in Taiwan, while the others reside in the US.

They described themselves as Chinese nationals in exile because of their participation in the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations. They said they have either been denied passport extensions or entry to China, “depriving them of the right to return to their own country” for political reasons.

Beijing should not take away their basic human rights because of differing political views, the letter said, adding that human rights protections and the promotion of democracy are especially hoped for at a time when “China is undergoing profound changes.”

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