Justice—a difference of Opinion

The American media seems obsessed when pointing out every event that takes place in China that can be used as an example that China is not free like America but should be.

It was reported months ago that Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was placed under arrest. Liu was a former university professor who spent 20 months in jail for joining the 1989 student-led protests in Tiananmen Square. In his writings, most published only on the Internet, Liu called for civil rights and political reform.

Then there is the case of Gao Zhisheng, a missing Chinese human rights lawyer. At a Beijing news conference, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said the lawyer had been sentenced to prison for subversion.

National Guard Troops at Kent State

“On May 4, l970 members of the Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd of Kent State University demonstrators, killing four and wounding nine Kent State students. The impact of the shootings was dramatic.” source

Even if it is wrong—by Western standards—to send these two Chinese citizens to prison, considering what happened at Kent State, Luy Ziaobo and Gao Zhishen are fortunate to be alive.

Discover Respecting Cultural Differences Out-of-Focus


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of The Concubine Saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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