(September 11, 2012) The dispute between Japan and China over Japan’s decision to purchase a number of islands in the East China Sea, also claimed by China and Taiwan, has provoked spirited public protest in China this summer. But territorial disputes with Japan aren’t the only issue driving China’s summer of protest. Large, organized and, at times, violent demonstrations often sparked by environmental concerns – recently the wastewater drainage pipeline from the Japanese-owned Oji Paper plant – have become more frequent as citizens discover strength in numbers as a way to unleash long, pent-up anger at authorities. Japan’s highly regarded Asahi Shimbun newspaper turned to Probe International Fellow and correspondent, Dai Qing, to understand China’s recent wave of anti-Japanese protest and learned that Chinese officials would rather their people march against Japan than take to the streets to demand democracy, human rights and freedom. This interview also explores Dai’s own history as a champion for the environment and human rights in China, her stance against the construction of the massive Three Gorges Dam and ongoing restrictions of her activities by Chinese security: even a surprise party in celebration of her 70th birthday could not go ahead as planned by friends. Dai Qing reflects on such foolishness: “It is truly a waste of money to monitor such a patriot as me,” she insists.
(December 14, 2010) Noted Chinese dissident and Probe International Fellow Dai Qing reflects on China’s decision to create it own peace prize.
(December 9, 2010) One reason dissident writer and Probe International fellow Dai Qing canceled her plans to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is that she feared the government would not let her return to Beijing.
(December 8, 2010) The case of Liu Xiaobo.
(November 24, 2010) Dai Qing, outspoken critic of the Chinese government and banned writer, gets her wish. A deserving activist from Liu Xia’s List heads to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, and she heads home.
(November 8, 2010) Time magazine’s Austin Ramzy reports on the ongoing crack-down on Chinese activists and Dai Qing’s announcement that she will attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.
(November 7, 2010) AFP report on Dai Qing’s pledge to attend the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony for Liu Xiaobo.
(November 7, 2010) Wall Street Journal report on Dai Qing’s pledge to attend the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony for Liu Xiaobo.
(November 5, 2010) Visiting lecturer in Canada may be the sole invitee beyond China’s grasp.
(November 5, 2010) Statement by dissident writer Dai Qing, calling on Chinese officials to release Liu Xiaobo and announcing that she will attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, even as the Chinese government pursues a crackdown on the country’s critics and activists.
(November 5, 2010) Translation of a letter written by Liu Xia, wife of recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, calling for the release of Mr. Liu and urging his colleagues to travel to Oslo to attend the ceremony.
(December 30, 2009) On December 25, a Chinese court sentenced that country’s most prominent democracy advocate, Liu Xiaobo, to 11 years in prison. Now the 54-year old literary scholar is being likened to Vaclav Havel, Nelson Mandela, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi.
Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize, the Magsaysay Award, pays tribute to China’s blossoming environmental movement
(September 9, 2009) Two prominent Chinese environmentalists have taken home this year’s Ramon Magsaysay award. Probe International would like to congratulate Yu Xiaogang for his path-breaking work on the negative effects of dams and Ma Jun for his work to control pollution in China’s manufacturing sector through transparency and public participation.