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China Hot Topics and Opinions:
Ai Weiwei, Famous China Modern Artist


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 What international sources say
  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry - Alison Klayman, the woman who showed the world Ai the man (link to full story)
  • Hitting China With Humor - By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF (link to full story)
  • China's Ai Weiwei agonizes over paying tax bill (link to full story)
  • China's Ai Weiwei gets "absent" exhibition in Taiwan (link to full story)
  • Ai Weiwei's wife urges China to drop plan on detentions (link to full story)
  • Freed artist accepts university post in Berlin (click for details)
  • Chinese artist Ai Weiwei 'faces $1.9m in tax and fines'- China's authorities are demanding that artist Ai Weiwei pay more than 12m yuan ($1.9m, £1.2m) in unpaid taxes and fines, one of his friends says. (click for details on BBC)
  • Where shock art is still dangerous - One of the most famous artists in China uses his status to engage in political activism (click for details on
  • Q&A: Is China afraid of Ai Weiwei? (click for full text of this report on CNN International, May 17, 2011)
  • Ai Weiwei symbol of 'desire for freedom' - Ai Weiwei is a symbol of the "indomitable desire for freedom" inside every human being, according to Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York. (click for details on Telegraph UK)
  • China must set Ai Weiwei free - The communist regime is conducting a brutal purge and jailing human rights activists – including its most famous artist, Ai Weiwei, the creator of 'Sunflower Seeds’. The world should not stand idly by, says Salman Rushdie. (click for details on Telegraph, UK)
  • Why China Fears Ai Weiwei - Unlike most Chinese artists, entrepreneurs who pay little attention to politics, Ai Weiwei decided to challenge the Communist Party ... (click for details on Newsweek)
  • Ai Weiwei isn't on trial: China isAi Weiwei's work to defend human rights would stand even if he were guilty – but it's safe to assume these charges are fabricated (click for details)
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  • “If my art has nothing to do with people's pain and sorrow, what is 'art' for?”
    – Ai Weiwei  (

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