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Qu Wei: the forgotten scholar

July 15, 2001

Li Shaomin, Gao Zhan & Qin Guangguang have been released due to pressure from the United States, but Qu Wei, convicted in the same spying case, is serving a 13-year prison term. Below is some information about him.


Qu Wei was born in 1954 into an official family. At the age of 17, he joined the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force. He served in the Air Force for 17 years, rising from a mechanic to flight battalion political commissar.
In the early 1980s, Qu earned a BA in philosophy from a PLA university, and in 1988, he was transferred to the Marxism-Leninism Teaching and Research Department of the PLA Air Force Command College to work as a lecturer. He devoted himself to studying Marxist-Leninist philosophy and the study of personality and published more than 100 articles in various magazines and publications, and a book on personality.

In 1993, Qu changed his occupation and took up a post at the National Union of Taiwan Compatriots as head of the information division of the group’s propaganda department. Later he was promoted to the position of vice director of the propaganda department. He was in charge of propaganda work directed at Taiwan, and helped to edit a publication for the Union, a compilation of news articles under the title Taiwan Union Bulletin. He published many research articles on cross-strait relations, and had extensive contacts and exchanges with scholars inside and outside China working on Taiwan-related issues. Qu was traditional in his thinking, and in his attitude toward the Taiwan question. He never diverged from the principles that the Chinese government has espoused. Qu is highly thought of in the academic community as a serious scholar, and friends speak of him as an honest and upright person.

Qu was detained on February 10, 2001. On July 24, 2001, he was tried by the Beijing Intermediate People’s Court and sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment for providing state secrets and information to Gao Zhan and Li Shaomin and endangering state security.

Compiled by Cai Jiquan


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