China’s crackdown raises familiar specter of foreign forces
BEIJING – In halting televised confessions and emotional courtroom testimony, Chinese lawyers and activists held in a government crackdown have voiced the same ominous message: Shadowy foreign forces are funding, directing and encouraging activities bent on destabilizing China’s government and smearing its reputation.
The familiar narrative of a country besieged by foreign enemies – with the United States implied as ringleader – is a key element of China’s year long campaign to stamp out the country’s burgeoning legal activism movement. That effort drew new attention this week with the carefully scripted trials of a …read more
Source: Chiangrai Times