Yang Jianli's Returning to China Event |
"In every heart, there is goodness, and there is knowledge of right and wrong. That is where our hope comes from. Let me ask you, my dear friends. Let our eyes penetrate the danger of today to the light of hope of tomorrow. Let us look beyond the freedom we enjoy outside China to envision the freedom in the future of China. I long for the day when all of us are free; I long for the day when we can live together in peace." -- Yang Jianli
Yang Jianli's Returning to China Event
Yang Jianli, Tiananmen Square activist in 1989, came to the United States, earned two Ph.D.s, and then founded the Foundation for China in the 21st Century. Given his political activism, he was blacklisted by the Chinese who also refused to renew his passport.
Jianli returned to China in April, 2002 on a friend's passport to view labor unrest in the northeastern part of China. He was detained when trying to board an internal flight. Since his initial detention, Jianli has been held incommunicado by the Chinese in violation of their own and international law. On July 14, 2003, Yang Jianli is indicted by the Chinese government on charges of espionage and crossing the national border illegally. On May 13, 2004, China sentenced Yang Jianli to five years in jail for illegally entering the country and spying.
About Yang Jianli
Dr. Yang Jianli, male, born in Shandong, China
Earned his B.S. degree from the Department of Mathematics, Liaocheng Teacher's College in 1982
Earned his M.S. degree from the Department of Mathematics, Beijing Normal University in 1985
Earned his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley in 1991
Earned his Ph.D. degree from Harvard kennedy School of Govermment in 2001
Chair of Foundation for China in the 21st Century and President of ChinaEWeekly