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Wang Juntao

Wang Juntao (2013)

... was born in 1958 in Beijing. In 1978 he was admitted to study at the Technical Physics Department of Peking University, later he obtained a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University, and a PhD in comparative politics from Columbia University in New York.

Back in China, Wang was imprisoned a first time when he was a 17 years old pupil at the Beijing Middle School No. 1, because he had organized class-mates to participate in protest activities at Tiananmen Square during the mourning of Zhou Enlai. Because of four critical poems that Wang had posted at the square, he was named an "behind-the-scene organizer and orchestrator of the counter-revolutionary incident" and author of "reactionary lyrics". Wang Xizhe was held until November in the police arrest ward of Haidian District.

With the new reformist policies under Deng Xiaoping, the evaluation of the Tiananmen events of 1976 also became more positive. Wang Juntao was now considered a "hero", and in late 1978 he was made an alternate member of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League. Sympathizing with the Democracy Wall Movement, Wang became an editor of the independent journal "Beijing Spring" in 1979, and in 1980 he participated in the electoral campaign at Peking University. He finished second in the official ballot, but because he had received slightly unter 50 percent of the vote, was not considered an elected deputee.

In 1989 Wang participated in the Tiananmen Students' Movement, and was later accused of "counter-revolutionary agitation" and "incitement". In 1990 he was arrested again and in February 1991 sentenced to 13 years imprisonment, but allowed to travel abroad on medical parole in 1994, when he was directly delivered from prison to an aircraft that brought him to the US. In 2010 Wang became chairman of the National Council of the Chinese Democratic Party (one of several exile factions). He now lives in New Jersey.



Interview with Wang Juntao (on May 30, 2014 at the Asiatic Hotel in Flushing, New York)

Here you find the Chinese text of the interview (an English translation will be provided later).


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