Under House Arrest

Students read China's constitution on the country's first national Constitution Day in Xingtai in southern Hebei province, Dec. 4, 2014.

'Is it Unconstitutional to Criticize the Communist Party?'

A former top political aide to late ousted premier Zhao Ziyang takes issue with the official media view of the constitution.

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By Bao Tong

Bao Tong is a former top aide to late ousted Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang. He remains under house arrest at his Beijing home since his boss's ouster during the 1989 student-led pro-democracy movement on Tiananmen Square. He was former Director of the Office of Political Reform of the ruling Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee and the Policy Secretary of Zhao Ziyang.