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Tape record: About 3,000 people’s cost, including hotels, food and travel, will be paid by Chinese embassy to welcome Hu Jintao as “political struggle”

Posted by Author on June 23, 2010

By Jason Loftus, Epoch Times Staff, June 23, 2010 –

Listen to an excerpt from the speech (in Chinese) given by Liu Shaohua, the first secretary of the education section at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, to students at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on Friday, June 18, 2010, on The Epochtimes webpage at http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/37885/

Beginning today, expect to see throngs of flag-waving Chinese on Parliament Hill and lining the streets of Ottawa where Chinese leader Hu Jintao will visit the next three days. According to an official at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, staff there have been working late into the night and spending lots of money to ensure Mr. Hu is met with a crowd of passionate supporters, not those protesting human rights abuses.

The Epoch Times
has obtained a recording of a speech given Friday by Mr. Liu Shaohua, the first secretary of the education section at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, to a crowd of between 40 and 50 students receiving Chinese state-scholarships to study there. Those students, Liu says, must attend the welcome events for Hu.

In the recording, Mr. Liu says the embassy is covering hotels, food, travel, and clothing for what he estimates will be 3,000 people who will welcome Mr. Hu Wednesday through Friday, coming from as far away as Waterloo, Ont.

The expenses easily total in the hundreds of thousands, based on Liu’s comments. But Mr. Liu describes it as “little money,” in light of the “political struggle” the Chinese regime is waging, the goal being to overshadow human-rights advocates who plan to protest during Hu’s visit.

“Originally, we did not expect the situation to be so complex,” Liu said. “Falun Gong, Tibetan separatists, Uyghur separatists, democracy people have already moved onto Parliament Hill […] This is a battle that relates to defending the reputation of our motherland. The embassy and authorities inside China have a very high requirement.”

“These last few days, everyday, we have been busy until 11 p.m. or midnight,” Liu explained.

All Expenses Paid

Liu began his more than 15 minute address with a name-by-name roll call, to which each student replied, “Yes.”

“This time, for you, all the expenses will all be paid by us,” Liu said. “You do not talk about it outside. Do not talk about it to anyone, except to people in this circle.”

Liu said students who were not on state-sponsored scholarships also had their expenses for the trip covered.

“For our country this is such little money. In my view this is a struggle, a political struggle.”

The “political struggle” Liu refers to appears to be the presence of groups protesting human rights abuses in China. Liu makes reference to Tibetan, Uyghur, and democracy activists, but focuses mainly on Falun Gong, a spiritual group persecuted by the communist regime in China.

“We will take the east part of Parliament Hill,” Liu says. “Falun Gong will take the west of the square. We should have 3,000 people. In terms of quantity, we should be able to surpass them.”

iu says when Hu visited in 2005 and was met with protesters, officials in China were furious. He complained that during that visit, Canadian authorities did not co-operate with Chinese demands regarding the protesters, but this time he says there were some limited guarantees.

“Some parts cannot be guaranteed because this country is particular about so-called freedom. It does not care. It says, ‘we are a free country.’ So we are still negotiating. Falun Gong has already occupied three locations.”

According to several sources, including Chinese students themselves as well as online notices on bulletin boards, all Chinese students will be provided with transportation, meals, and free T-shirts. Some have said there have been promises of $50 per day compensation as well.

Mr. Liu criticized those who talked about cash rewards.

“Some people said something on the Internet like, ‘go to the Chinese embassy to get money’ . . . That’s not good at all. Some people are inexperienced and didn’t realize this.” (to be cont’d)

Listen to an excerpt from the speech (in Chinese) given by Liu Shaohua, the first secretary of the education section at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, to students at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa on Friday, June 18, 2010, on The Epochtimes webpage at http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/37885/

One Response to “Tape record: About 3,000 people’s cost, including hotels, food and travel, will be paid by Chinese embassy to welcome Hu Jintao as “political struggle””

  1. brian said

    Compulsory attendance. Just what you would expect from a “democratic” government! The political struggle is trying to stay alive in that country! Let them spend “their” money. They probably got it from us through this ridiculous trade ageement. You know the one!?! We buy from them and they buy from somewhere else! How much will Ottowa throw in under the cuff?

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