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The Overseas Chinese Democracy Movement

Assessing China’s Only Open Political Opposition

Jie Chen

The overseas Chinese democracy movement (OCDM) is one of the world’s longest-running and most difficult exile political campaigns. This unique book is a rare and comprehensive account of its trajectory since its beginnings in the early 1980s, examining its shifting operational environment and the diversification of its activities, as well as characterizing its distinctive features in comparison to other exile movements.
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Abbreviations

Jie Chen

BS

Beijing Spring

BSAF

Beijing Students’ Autonomous Federation

CAA

China Aid Association

CAD

Chinese Alliance for Democracy

CCP

Chinese Communist Party

CDP

China Democracy Party

CIA

Central Intelligence Agency

CPPC

China Political Prisoner Concern

CS

China Spring

CSSA

Chinese Students and Scholars Association

DPCNC

Democratic Party of China National Committee

DPP

Democratic Progressive Party

EAVA

Embrace Australian Values Alliance

EU

European Union

FAHR

Formosan Association for Human Rights

FAPA

Formosan Association for Public Affairs

FBI

Federal Bureau of Investigation

FDA

Federation of Democratic Alliance

FDC

Federation for a Democratic China

FHRDC

Foundation of Human Rights and Democracy in China

HC

Humanitarian China

IC

Initiatives for China

IFCSS

Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars

KMT

the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party)

MFN

most favoured nation

MIB

Military Intelligence Bureau

MoW

Memory of the World

NATPA

North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association

NED

National Endowment for Democracy

NGO

non-governmental organization

OCAO

Overseas Chinese Affairs Office

OCDC

Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition

OCDM

overseas Chinese democracy movement

OTM

overseas Taiwanese movement

PLA

People’s Liberation Army

PNTR

permanent normal trade relations

PRC

People’s Republic of China

QCF

Qi’s Cultural Foundation

RFA

Radio Free Asia

ROC

Republic of China

SNPC

Support Network for the Persecuted in China

TAA

Taiwanese Association of America

TACHR

Taiwan Association for China Human Rights

TFD

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

UN

United Nations

UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNHCR

UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHRC

UN Human Rights Council

US

United States

VOA

Voice of America

WFTA

World Federation of Taiwanese Associations

WTO

World Trade Organization

WUFI

World United Formosans for Independence