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Liao Yiwu explains China's brutal pandemic failures

Dissident author maintains that Xi Jinping will pay a price for Shanghai lockdown

Dissident Chinese writer Liao Yiwu has published 12 German-language books, and won several prestigious German literature awards since arriving in Berlin in 2011. His latest book "Wuhan" hit was published in Chinese in September 2020. (Photo by Jens Kastner)

BERLIN, Germany -- In a tranquil Berlin neighborhood popular with the city's academic elite sits the home of dissident Chinese writer Liao Yiwu and his wife Lu Yang.

With its wide porch leading to a lush garden seamed with bamboo shrub, the place feels more like the home of the city's chief physician rather than the haven of a couple who fled to the German capital with no money or possessions after years of persecution in China.

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