Ottawa urged to push for release of democracy activist jailed in China

As the Trudeau government prepares an aggressive new trade and diplomatic agenda with China, supporters of a democracy activist sentenced to a lifetime of solitary confinement in a Chinese jail say it’s time Ottawa demands his freedom.

In 2003, China imprisoned democracy activist Wang Bingzhang on espionage and terrorism charges after a one-day trial in which he was not allowed to produce evidence or question testimony against him.

Now, those who want him free hope a thawing in the relationship between Beijing and Ottawa can provide an opening to address his case, particularly as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to visit China later this year.

For Beijing to reconsider its stance on Mr. Wang “would require that Mr. Trudeau utter my father’s name with his Chinese counterpart on his upcoming trip. Anything short of that I don’t think would bring about his release,” said the jailed activist’s daughter, Ti-Anna Wang, a law student at McGill University.

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NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE
BEIJING — The Globe and Mail
Published: Monday, Feb. 15, 2016