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Authors

Hari M. Osofsky

Abstract

China recently has released two of its most prominent dissidents,

Wei Jingsheng and Wang Dan, into exile in the United States. The releases

corresponded to major United States-Chinese diplomatic initiatives

without broader gains in allowing political dissent, causing a number of

commentators to refer to them as "hostage-diplomacy."' This New

Development explores what it means to think of the releases in this way

and the implications for future strategic engagement with China.

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