Prominent Chinese Writer: I Am a Traitor

Li Chengpeng, an influential writer and social commentator, has published an article on his blog denouncing the boycott of Japanese goods and the violent anti-Japan sentiment currently sweeping China as the two wrangle over the Diaoyu Islands, called the Senkaku in Japanese. Li made news in 2010 when he ran for political office as a candidate not sponsored by the Communist Party. Despite losing the election, he remains an outspoken advocate and activist with a sharp wit. His latest post, titled “Confessions of a Traitor” (一个卖国贼的自白) has gone viral on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, with more than 200,000 views and 19,000 comments in less than two days.

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