Chinese rights activist who said leader Xi Jinping 'not smart enough' is tried in secret for subversion


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A prominent civil rights advocate in China who once called on leader Xi Jinping to resign because he is "just not smart enough" was put on trial behind closed doors Wednesday on charges of subverting state power. The move comes as the ruling Communist Party doubles down on stifling dissent ahead of a key meeting this fall when Xi is expected to further tighten his grip on power with an almost unprecedented third term. Xu Zhiyong, a veteran civil rights activist and legal scholar, appeared in front of a local court in Linshu county, eastern Shandong province on Wednesday morning,...