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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?
Jay also asks Yang about a host of other issues: organ harvesting; Tibet; Mao; the 2010 Nobel peace laureate, who remains a political prisoner in China; and more. At the end, Jay asks, basically, “Why are you doing this when you could be doing so many other things?” Why this activism instead of academia, business, or something else?
In this podcast, you will meet a truly exceptional person.
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