Wuerkaixi


Wuerkaixi

Wúěrkāixī (zh-st|s=吾尔开希|t=吾爾開希; or (zh-sp|s=吾尔开希·多来提|p=Wúěrkāixī Duōláití; _ug. ئۆركەش دۆلەت / unicode|Ɵrkəx Dɵlət; 17th February 1968 – ) is a Chinese student leader of Uyghur ethnicity in the Tiananmen protests of 1989. He achieved prominence while studying at Beijing Normal University as a hunger striker who rebuked the Chinese Premier, Li Peng, on national television. 

He fled to France and then studied at Harvard University in the United States. Afterward he emigrated to Taiwan, where he has started a family and continues to host radio programs. He also appears frequently on television programmes as a political commentator, who supports the idea of "One China Under Democracy" (that is, the reunification of mainland China and Taiwan under a democratic political system, which has been touted by the Pan-Blue Coalition in the past). He reportedly expressed his hope of taking part in Legislative Yuan elections as a representative of Kuomintang, but was not nominated as one of the party's candidates.

External links

* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3757433.stm Witnessing Tiananmen: Student talks fail] - BBC interview


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