China releases dissident artist Ai Weiwei, report says
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been released on bail after being taken into custody in April, according to a state-run Chinese media report.
June 22nd, 2011
10:54 AM ET

China releases dissident artist Ai Weiwei, report says

China has released dissident artist Ai Weiwei on bail, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.

Ai, one of China's most successful and renowned artists, was on his way to Hong Kong in April when he was taken into custody amid a crackdown on dissidents, activists and religious groups across China.

Ai's Beijing studio was raided, and his wife and eight assistants were taken into custody for questioning.

Though Ai is widely regarded as a political prisoner, Beijing police told Xinhua last month — more than a month after taking him into custody - that Ai evaded a "huge amount" of taxes and that his company intentionally destroyed accounting documents.

Most famous for designing the Bird's Nest stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he later called for a boycott of the games because he said China was using them as propaganda.

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  1. Jim F.

    Big news here . . . .

    June 22, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Greenspam

    China is stepping up the crackdown. The irony here is how can one of the world's most repressive regime achieve such economic success? Does this mean democracy and capitalism are actually separate and not dependent on each other?

    June 22, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Doomguy

      Greenspam, actually they attempt to control market forces and it is coming back on them hard soon. Inflation is running amok and their people are becoming restless as most of the wealth flows into those with connections while they slave for a few dollars a day. China is going to blow up hard if they don't start making reforms.

      June 22, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • AB

      @ Greenspam, the west is china's biggest trading partner...Not to mention the US treasury...That explains their dominance in recent times

      June 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • don

      China is about to collapse. First the Arab Spring, next, Chinese Summer. The people are p*ssed, their economy is built up on lies and India, far more western friendly and far more aquainted with Western mores has the industrial man power to push China to the side. India is where it is at folks.

      June 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Such is to be expected from someone of obvious limitations like you, don. In fact, if China does collapse so will we. Before posting your ignorance on this web page, you ought to read up on Chinese history first. The defense rests!

      June 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. david

    @Greenspam
    That is exactly what it means. How long has China been around? How long have we been around? Who owns the majority of who's debt? Whose citizens rely on whose citizens to produce products to sell in their country because they cant afford to buy things they make themselves?
    China wins, we lose

    June 22, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Greenspam

      China is one of the oldest countries on earth. However, as history points out, countries come and go unless it continues to evolve.

      As for the current regime – the Chinese Communist Party – they've been around since 1949. Things were VERY different before they took over. CCP was more than just a regime change, it was a culture change.

      Having said that, unless USA continues to evolve, USA too will cease to be an important country. Having lived in Europe, Asia, and now America, I can actually tell you that Europe is a lot more progressive while USA is still hanging onto the baggage of religion.

      June 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. I. P. Daley

    Great alias. Glad you are free, but you are still in China. You should try to escape.

    June 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Tom J

    Americans need to be humble and creative and leverage our system of innovation and democracy to save ourselves before China takes over.

    June 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Osama bin Laden

      Tom ... wake the F up ... they have taken over years ago. WOW what rock do you live under? Youu really need to stop hanging out with your redneck friends. Turn off the X-box and read a book.

      June 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Osama bin Laden

    Boy .. I could really go for some Chinese food right now.

    June 22, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • AB

      Now that is funny!

      June 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Proud Chinese Visitor

    In the past 5 years, each time I visit USA, I see depression, Hopelessness of people living in America, they are poor, debt-burdened, unemployed, and beg me in the streets for money...Most time I give these americans dollars, dimes and nickles...I have pity on americans and I sympasize the living hell situation americans nowadays live in...We Chinese have huge savings with no debt, no racial discrimination, people are truly equal and enjoy the rapid economic success...I feel sorry for americans as I believe foundamentally the living hel situation is created by amerca's lack of long-term goal and the incorrect way to choose their leaders as a whole....amercan was a "rich" country in the past but truly they getting poorer and poorer now. Now China owns the whole United States of America...I am so proud of being a Chinese...and I can stand here and say that I do not worry about my future as Chinese economic success has brought me huge forture and you amercians are the ones who worry about unemployment and about how to make ends meet...so pathetic!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Osama bin Laden

      Your post is like a stuck toilet. Long and full of CR*P. Go back to China. But before you go ... how do you make Chinese food taste soooo good?

      June 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      You obvious must be a poor vacationer or making up a story. Which traveler will travel and go to the poorest district. On the other hand, I went to China 3 years ago with a tour guide, what I saw truly open my eyes. Imposters begging on the streets, people yelling over minor parking spot. Public toilets unsanitary and dirty. Sure you could go to the biggest modern city in China, you find cities that come close to New york, but the fact is that there are still so much people living in poverty. Wealth can be measure in lots of way. The fact that China owns much of U.S debt does not mean they are rich and powerful. It is the media that is blowing this out of portion

      June 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greenspam

      I doubt you are from China because the Great Firewall would have blocked you from accessing this page...

      June 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • China Ren

      >> "people are truly equal and enjoy the rapid economic success"
      Really? You must be a corrupted CCP member or closely related to them. Ordinary hard-working Chinese people are struggling, rampant inflation are eating into their savings, the whole country is a giant tinder box.
      You know what is the most important thing in the minds of Chinese rich? Emigration or getting a foreign passport!

      June 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • AB

      Yea right, people begged you for money in our streets here in America. Just tell me where? I am an immigrant myself but I have never seen anybody begging me for money. Begging is an asian thing to do. What you might be referring to is pan handling which my friend also happens in Europe and probably in China.

      June 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George Patton

    How is China any different from us in this regard? Here in the U.S. we put people in jail for income tax evasion as we did Al Capone back in 1932. The only difference is that the right-wing fanatics here are decrying this as being "political".

    June 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Osama bin Laden

      George ... put the pipe down. That stuff you are smoken is killen your brain.

      June 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pketpket

    @ Proud Chinese Visitor
    Point 1: Racial Equality in China? Really? Do you think the people in Nepal think they are treated equally or fairly? Prejudice can occur anyone and when a nation is almost entirely made up of one race they may not be racist, but that doesn't mean they aren't prejudice and that minority groups are repressed in such societies.

    Point 2: The success of China in entirely dependent on the US economy. We are two interdependent nations and only a fool on either side would think they could survive without the other. The U.S. people may seem unhappy from your perspective, but at least we can express our unhappiness freely. I would personally be completely and utterly miserable in a country that controls my access to information over the internet not to mention the other several controls imposed on citizens least of which it the limitation of the number of children families can produce.

    June 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Osama bin Laden

      WOW .. with a post like this are you sure you are not Chinese?

      June 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud Chinese Visitor

      Pketpket: I am a relatively wealthy chinese vacationer and I have been to Chicago, New York, LA and many other US cities and let me say first that you have to pay me if you want me to visit or invest in an US city like Detroit as I worry that even the better district will get me robbed by americans nowdays. So pathetic...

      Racial discrimnation is such a big issue in US as I see it as an outsider, and even the US president can not escape as people press upon his birth certificate simplybecause he is a black man, so pathetic...

      There are about 3 million americans living and working in China nowadays and it is about 1% of total US population...You are more than welcome to move to China if the living hell situation in US can not be improved soon, and I doubt whether it can be ever improved given the fact that not only the governments at state level are broken, even the federal governement were almost at the edge of closing doors due to lack of funding...so pathetic....

      The success in China is fully realized by China's wise long term goal set every 5 years, but in US, you guys have no goals. You know what, you guys have goals every 4 years by badmouthing or damaging the other party so that anothe party can come to power in the White House...and the fight can go on..,.just like cats and dogs....fight forever...no ending...so pathetic....so gone with people's life, money, wealth, time and most important, the global power status...so pathetic....

      June 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Andre the Giant

    his last name means penis.

    June 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Osama bin Laden

      who are you talking about my friend?

      June 22, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ho-HO

    ONE word for you china man....(yuan) Mongolian money..bowdown to your real master. Subutai is back

    June 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Proud Chinese Visitor

    Proud Chinese Visitor

    Pketpket: I am a relatively wealthy chinese vacationer and I have been to Chicago, New York, LA and many other US cities and let me say first that you have to pay me if you want me to visit or invest in an US city like Detroit as I worry that even the better district will get me robbed by americans nowdays. So pathetic...

    Racial discrimnation is such a big issue in US as I see it as an outsider, and even the US president can not escape as people press upon his birth certificate simplybecause he is a black man, so pathetic...

    There are about 3 million americans living and working in China nowadays and it is about 1% of total US population...You are more than welcome to move to China if the living hell situation in US can not be improved soon, and I doubt whether it can be ever improved given the fact that not only the governments at state level are broken, even the federal governement were almost at the edge of closing doors due to lack of funding...so pathetic....

    The success in China is fully realized by China's wise long term goal set every 5 years, but in US, you guys have no goals. You know what, you guys have goals every 4 years by badmouthing or damaging the other party so that anothe party can come to power in the White House...and the fight can go on..,.just like cats and dogs....fight forever...no ending...so pathetic....so gone with people's life, money, wealth, time and most important, the global power status...so pathetic....

    June 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Thank you, Proud Chinese Visitor. That was well stated.

      June 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |

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