China's FANG LIZHI: The Science Of Human Rights

Now safely in the West, China's most famous dissident, astrophysicist FANG LIZHI, takes a long-range view of democratic revolution

Q. Why does China's leader Deng Xiaoping seem to dislike you so much?

A. Maybe it's an honor that he chose me. My family name is very simple: it has just four strokes, and it comes high up on all Chinese name lists ((laughs)). I think, too, he remembers me from the end of 1986 and the student movement at Hefei Institute of Science and Technology. At that time I was vice president ((of the institute)), so he thought I should take the chop for those demonstrations. The second time, he probably said, "Here he comes again, so we should hit...