The gentlemen in question are human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who protested the persecution of the Falun Gong cult, and Hu Ji, campaigned on behalf of raising AIDS and environmental awareness and human rights.
A timely reminder of the sort of people Obama regards as his new Best Friends Forever, and with whom Phil Goff concluded his infamous free trade deal.
1 - "Manfred Nowak Discusses Two of China's Heroes," by Florian Godovits, published in The Epoch Times, 28th of July, 2009. (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/20247/)
2 - "Obama declares new era of co-operation with China," by Martin Crutsinger, published by Associated Press, reproduced in The Independent, 28th of July, 2009. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/obama-declares-new-era-of-cooperation-with-china-1763489.html
3 - As described previously on lefthandpalm: http://lefthandpalm.blogspot.com/2008/02/new-zealand-secures-infamous-first-fta.html