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Wife of China Dissident: He Had No Part in Anti-Japan Protests

The wife of a Chinese democracy activist says her husband did not take part in protests against Japan that led to his arrest and a 12-year jail term.

Xu Wanping was convicted of incitement to subvert state power for his role in the protests this past April. He was sentenced Friday in Chongqing, where he resides.

However, his wife, Chen Xianying, says Mr. Xu did not organize or attend any anti-Japanese demonstrations.

The protesters had opposed Japan's history textbooks they say gloss over the country's wartime atrocities.

Mr. Xu is one of several dissidents detained for participating in the anti-Japan protests. He also took part in the 1989 democracy movement, for which he served eight years in prison.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.