The Straits Times
Published on Nov 30, 2012

Writer Liao slams Chinese politicians' 'dirty wealth'


GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AFP) - Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu accused China's political elite of accumulating "dirty wealth", saying it had turned his country into "one of the biggest landfills in the world."

"There is wealth in China that only belongs to the powerful political class, that is the truth," Mr Liao told a news conference at the International Book Fair of Guadalajara in western Mexico on Thursday.

"It is a dirty wealth, that is why I think that China has become one of the biggest landfills in the world," said the author, also known as Lao Wei.

While China has experienced "many changes" and established trade ties with the West, the country's economic development "has not affected" the whole population.