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Chris Williams

If there is any justice in this world, or failing that, in the world of letters, the sentence

"It’s hard to move against a man who knows where the bodies are buried – harder still when the man concerned has only just handed over the spade."

will be in the 2026 edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

johnf

Jamie, do you know if there's an archive for "Democracy and Legal Times" anywhere available in English? If not is there a Chinese one and I'll try potluck on Google Translate.

jamie

Not that i know of. Are you looking for anything in particular?

johnf

About four years ago you did a post on AIDS sufferers in Henan which was taken from:

[001] Henan AIDS Criminals: A Case Study (2010/07/31) (Democracy ad Legal Systems Times)

http://www.zonaeuropa.com/201008a.brief.htm#001/

(Last entry on page)

In the article there's a reference to an interview with the main protagonist Ji Qiaozhen:

"On July 15, the reporter met with Ji Qiaozhen in the Xinmi city detention center. "The Civil Affairs Bureau leader told me that I could get 'donations.' I had no idea that I was breaking the law." She complained to the reporter and tried to defend her innocence. When the reporter brought up Ding Xiaoqiang, she began to cry aloud."

Its this interview I'm interested in. And I wonder if she was sent to prison as her son's fate was tied up with whether she was or not.

This case to me is a bit like a Chinese version of "Dallas Buyers Club." I tried to sell the Chinese idea to the World Service as an audio drama three years ago or so but it was turned down probably because it was too grisly or even real. I was thinking of reworking it as a stage piece now that intelligence, complexity and irony have been shown to be attractive to the public.

johnf

Apologies. The full quote is:

"On July 15, the reporter met with Ji Qiaozhen in the Xinmi city detention center.  "The Civil Affairs Bureau leader told me that I could get 'donations.'  I had no idea that I was breaking the law."  She complained to the reporter and tried to defend her innocence.  When the reporter brought up Ding Xiaoqiang, she began to cry aloud."

I now see the interview with the Democracy and Legal Times reporters on July 15th might be the basis for the whole article as published, as opposed to quoting from the interview in another article already published.

I wonder if Democracy and Legal Times did a follow-up on the result of the trial?

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