Why China Fears Ai Weiwei

Just when the controversy surrounding imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize was fading away, China's recent detention of artist Ai Weiwei, a co-designer of the "Bird's Nest" Beijing Olympic Stadium and a fierce critic of the government, has put the regime in the international spotlight again. Many foreign governments charge that the detention is nothing but politically motivated, while Beijing maintains that Ai is under investigation for potential "economic crimes" that have nothing to do with politics.

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