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Chinese Dissidents, in Open Letter to Chinese Party Conclave, Urge Political Reforms - 2002-11-07

Chinese dissidents have written an open letter urging delegates to this month’s Communist Party congress to release political prisoners and expand direct elections for officials. The writers of the letter, many of them veteran political campaigners, warned that China’s economic development was being hampered by a lack of political freedom and trust, despite a decade of growth that has greatly elevated living standards for some.