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Jianli Yang is a Chinese democracy activist. He is also an old friend of Jay’s (and a hero of Jay’s). He is the president of Initiatives for China, in Washington, D.C. He was at Tiananmen Square. He was a prisoner of conscience in China for five years. He holds two Ph.D.s, one in math from Berkeley and the other in political economy from Harvard.
In this “Q&A,” Jay talks to Yang about the decision of the International Olympic Committee to grant the 2022 Winter Games to China – just as the IOC granted the 2008 Summer Games to China. What does that mean for the Chinese Communist Party, and what does it mean for Chinese democrats?