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Ai Weiwei ‘was offered advisory role before his detention’
Tania Branigan in Beijing http://www.guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 13 April 201
“Artist Ai Weiwei was invited by Chinese officials to join a political advisory body days before his detention, according to his staff.” Coincidence? Not very damn likely. The article goes on to state… “The South China Morning Post said Ai had told his aides that he had twice been invited to join the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), an advisory body made up of non-Communist party members, including high-profile figures such as artists and athletes. It was not clear whether they were referring to the national body or one of its subordinate bodies, or how Ai had responded, it added.” I think I’ve a good idea on what his response was. Otherwise he’d not have been detained and subsequently disappeared.