Dr. YANG Jianli is a scholar and human rights activist, a world-renowned leader for China’s democracy. The son of a Communist Party Leader, he was detained in China in 2002, remaining imprisoned until 2007. He was present at the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, and has studied at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.
During this conversation Dr. Jianli talks about the state of human rights and press freedom in China. He also discusses the the DNA of the Chinese Communist Party. He also reviews what he believes the greatest challenges facing US-China relations, both now and in the future, and the overall political, economic and social future of Hong Kong. Dr. Jianli provides his perspective on the silent majority in the Chinese population, along with his beliefs on the future of the Chinese Communist Party and regime.
In closing, he explains the meaning behind the centerpiece quote on his website, “In every heart, there is goodness, and there is knowledge of right and wrong. That is where our hope comes from.”