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Letzte Aktualisierung: April 16, 2021

China's unforgotten hero

By Johnny Erling
Ein Bild von Johnny Erling aus dem Jahre 2017

The former army doctor Jiang Yanyong will soon be 90 years old. He has been living under house arrest in Beijing for two years. He courageously exposed the Sars epidemic in 2003. Now, when he called on the party leadership for the second time to confront the unresolved legacy of its June 4, 1989, military campaign, Beijing imposed its political lockdown on the unfaltering man.

During the Spring Festival, I received a sign of life from the highly respected surgeon Jiang Yanyong. (蒋彦永). The world has his courageous actions and medical ethos to thank for the early disclosure and stopping of Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), the lung disease precursor to COVID-19, in 2003 before it could develop into a pandemic. Because Jiang was also no longer willing to keep quiet about what he saw as chief medical officer during the Tiananmen massacre on June 4, 1989, he was imprisoned for the first time. Jiang is one of the heroes Beijing wants to make people forget existed.
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