Wang Zhiming is a particularly famous Christian martyr of the Cultural Revolution in China – he is one of ten martyrs of the 20th century to have a statue above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey.
But not only that, he is apparently the "only Christian martyr of the Cultural Revolution to have a monument erected at his gravesite," per Wikipedia, which also says that his family later received small financial restitution. God Is Red, by Liao Yiwu, chapter 9, also mentions the uniqueness of the monument, and indicates that the government "officially reversed the verdict."
I'd like to understand why Wang Zhiming was apparently treated differently following the Cultural Revolution as opposed to other Christian martyrs. Why did the government apparently admit wrongdoing and allow a monument to be built? I can think of a couple possibilities:
- He had signed the "Three-Self Manifesto"
- Family connections – his son apparently came to have some influence, despite having been arrested himself (see God Is Red for more on this)
What made Wang Zhiming's case unique that led to him having a monument at his grave and a reversed verdict?