The following post by Lang Yaoyuan (郎遥远), the editor of World Chinese Business magazine, was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 1:31pm Hong Kong time on March 26, 2012. Lang Yaoyuan currently has just over 74,000 followers, according to numbers from Sina Weibo. [More on deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre].
Recently, 106-year-old linguist Zhou Youguang (周有光), the “father of pinyin Chinese” was interviewed by the BBC in Beijing and said with seriousness: “”China will have to release itself from communism. The future will be dark if it doesn’t.” He also pointed out that if mainland China cannot peacefully make the transition to freedom and democracy, there will be a violent revolution, and this is just a matter of time. “I have to speak the truth, and what can they do!”
The Weibo post refers to Michael Bristow’s March 22 article on Zhou Youguang, which can be found here. The final sentence in the Weibo post presumably refers to the section in Bristow’s article that reads as follows: “He is critical of the party that governs China – and old enough not to care who is listening to what he has to say. ‘What are they going to do, come and take me away?’ he said in an interview with the BBC in his sparsely furnished Beijing home.
The following image of Zhou Youguang was included with Lang Yaoyuan’s post:
This original Chinese post from Lang Yaoyuan follows:
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