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Washington Post: Chen Guangcheng must weigh loss of prominence against protection of U.S. asylum

When Xu Wenli lived in China, the government deemed him a menace. A founder of a branch of the China Democracy Party and a leader in the 1979-1981 Democracy Wall movement, Xu served 16 years in prison for allegedly plotting to overthrow the Chinese government.

Then, in 2002, he received political asylum and arrived on Christmas Eve in a New York City wrapped in snow.

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