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North American readers of this blog probably don’t know much about Charter 08

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So here is an an excerpt of an English language summary of the heated debates about it in China:

China: Revolution or Reform? – A Summary of the “Charter 08” Dispute

New America Media, News Analysis, Xujun Eberlein, Published: Jan 07, 2009

(Note: the following text is my original draft, slightly longer than the NAM published version, with more complete links. Posted with NAM’s permission. – Xujun)

During the final month of 2008, there was a heated debate among Chinese bloggers and commentators outside of China. The cause of it was “Charter 08,” a democracy manifesto originally signed by over 300 Chinese citizens and published on the internet on December 10.

Times Online said Sunday that since then it “has been signed by more than 7,000 prominent citizens,” but the number is difficult to verify. Two versions of the English translation for this manifesto can be found online, one at nybooks.com (by professor Perry Link), and one at Human Rights in China. While the former is widely linked and reprinted, the latter is a more accurate translation of the Chinese original. A detailed recounting of the birth of the Charter can be found on Fool’s Mountain.

By now the hubbub around “Charter 08” has largely died down, however the issues raised in the dispute continue to beckon for attention.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/01/09 at 09:13

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