China’s new top dictator Xi Jinping got a wake-up tweet today when actress Yao Chen warned that the Chinese, wealthier for their recent economic freedom, are now impatient for political freedom.
“One word of truth outweighs the whole world,” Yao wrote, quoting one-time Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Her bold tweet into the totalitarian face of the Chinese Communist Party was, in part, a response to the dictatorship’s censorship of Southern Weekend, a Guangzhou-based newspaper attempting to exercise some real press freedom.
A word of truth: There are 1.25 billion Chinese yearning to breathe free, and 83 million Chinese Communists who’ve built careers on oppression. I’m betting on numbers. I’m betting on liberty.