Mo Yan was getting a lot of stick yesterday from Chinese dissidents and Western commentators for being too cosy with the CCP when it came to censorship and oppression, particularly with regard to jailed writer Liu Xiaobo. Mo was apparently listening, with the attention of the world focused on him at the moment he’s expressed his hope that his fellow Nobel-laureate will be freed soon.
“I hope he can achieve his freedom as soon as possible,” Mo told reporters in his hometown of Gaomi in the northern province of Shandong.
Mo didn’t go into full dissident mode however, he claimed to have “no understanding of Liu’s work once it had turned towards politics.”
[Via / Image Credit: Beijing Cream]