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China Handles Coal Mine Accident in Shandong Province Inhumanely

Posted by Author on November 28, 2007


By Xiao Jin, Voice of America (VOA), via the Epochtimes, Nov 25, 2007-

Washington D.C.—In recent years, the Chinese authorities started to release death toll figures from coal mine accidents; they admitted that several thousand die annually. However, observers believe the real figure is much higher than the official one.

Just looking at the official figure, China’s coal mine accident death toll far exceeds that of all other countries in world. Mining in China has become the most dangerous occupation in the world.

Recently, Mr Feng, a Voice of America (VOA) short-wave radio listener in mainland China, wrote a letter to the VOA regarding a coal mine accident in Shandong province. Mr Feng said that during the flood accident in Huayuan Coalmine in Shandong, which led to the death of 170 miners, the cruelty of the local regime was blood chilling.

Mr Feng wrote, “When the first group of miners got out of the mine, the water level inside the mine had already reached as high as the calf, but as the company was more concerned about profits than the miners’ lives, they continued to send the second group of miners down into the mine—afterwards, the accident was classified as a natural disaster. The family of every dead miner should receive 170,000 yuan (approximately US$22,666) in compensation, but the company’s leaders embezzled the money. Consequently, it sparked daily protests of about 350 to 400 relatives in front of the Mining Bureau. The local regime mobilized large numbers of police to suppress the protesters, and sent 3 to 4 people to monitor every dead miner’s family.”

Mr Feng said the management of the mine is very inhumane. Miners are forced to work overtime under all kinds of pretexts, but never receive any compensation. It is common to work for over 12 hours without a break.

He wrote in the letter, “According to the mine’s punishment regulations, the penalty for being late for work is 20 yuan (approximately US$2.6), and the penalty for missing one shift is 100 yuan (approximately US$13.3), but miners do not earn much in a whole month. In recent years, the coal mine business has been very profitable, but miners’ wages have not increased at all. The union is supposed to protect worker’s rights, but now it stands on the side of the company, helping to find excuses to monitor the families of the dead.

Mr Feng also disclosed that in order to prevent the miners from protesting, the company sent 17 bus loads of miners to its other mines around the country, such as in Shaan’xi, Shanxi, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia.

He wrote, “Those miners that are transferred to other places do not receive any assurances. They live in tents, eating pickles everyday. Some of them complained to upper level authorities, but have received no reply. Some returned home without permission and were dismissed immediately, regardless of how long they have worked for the company. The company does not care for the miners’ interests, but only cares about profits. Their only concern is to exploit the coal mine in the shortest time possible at the expense of miners’ safety and the local environment.”

Report from the Epochtimes

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Photo from China: 20 Years Passed, My Alma Mater Is Still As This

Posted by Author on October 30, 2007


pictures from Watching China (in Chinese), Oct. 30, 2007-

Following pictures were taken in the morning of Oct. 27, 2007, in Nanwang Elementary School, Luqiao Town, Weishan County, Shandong Province, east China.

Pictures were originally posted in one of China’s largest websites Netease.

my school (1)

My school (2)

my school (3)

More pictures from Watching China website

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China Journalist Who Criticised Corruption Repeatedly Beaten in Police Custody

Posted by Author on October 30, 2007


Reporters Without Borders, 30 October 2007-

Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the heavy-handed interrogations and threats to which detained journalist Qi Chonghuai is being subjected in the eastern province of Shandong, and calls for the immediate release of him and his friend, photographer Ma Shiping, who was arrested with him.

His lawyer, Li Xiongbing, told Agence France-Presse: “The police have slapped him in the face more than 20 times… they told him they could hit him as much as they liked and could disguise his death as suicide.”

Arrested in June after criticising corruption in Tengzhou, a city in the west of Shandong province, Qi was charged in August with blackmail. “The accusations of extortion are inadmissible as all he did was report on corruption,” his wife, Jiao Xia, told AFP.

As Qi and Ma have still not been brought before a judge, the period they have spent in police custody is much longer than what the law allows.

Original report from Reporters Without Borders

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Hong Kong Merchant’s Investment in China Results in Loss of Freedom and Estate

Posted by Author on October 29, 2007


By Wu Xueer and Liang Zhen, New Epoch Weekly, via the Epochtimes, Oct 28, 2007-Hong Kong merchant Xu Minfen

Xu Minfen (pictured), a Hong Kong citizen, was convinced by an investment symposium to invest in mainland China, but her investment of $5 million resulted in over two years of illegal imprisonment of her brother and sister-in-law, and the forced confiscation of her estate.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has claimed to advocate economic reforms over the past decade. With its “economic boom,” China attracts those who want to have a share in its market. Since Hong Kong is the Special Administrative Region of China, it has been rather common for Hong Kong citizens to invest in mainland China. Yet, with the passing of time, many Hong Kong merchants have come to understand that many of the commercial investments which had been considered beneficial can turn into nothing in a short time, and that investment of one, ten, or even one hundred million dollars can be robbed and confiscated in the name of the CCP’s “law.”

Usually these cases, which amount to robbery, have been conducted by the local authorities, members of Politics and Law Committee, the so-called legal system and law enforcement agents. Albert Ho Chun-yan, a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, pointed out that the only protection offered by the Hong Kong government to its people was to notify them.

Governor Hosts Investment Symposium

In August, 2003, the Linyi City government of Shandong Province hosted an investment symposium in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong-owned Huayao Bio Tech Holdings Limited (Hong Kong Huayao ) was invited by the Linyi City government to exclusively invest in an important construction item—the Comprehensive Trading Goods Transfer Park of High Tech Traditional Chinese Medicine. In November 2004, the Linyi City governor arrived in Hong Kong once again for an investment symposium. As one of the symposium participants, Lin Tingsheng, Vice Governor of Shandong Province, hosted at a ceremony where the Linyi government and Hong Kong Huayao signed a trade agreement.

The capital of $US five million for the Shandong Huayao was presented on the spot. With all the files ready, city officials approved the Goods Transfer Park (the Park) investment. In addition, the Park was recognized as one of the 18 authorized trading markets of Chinese traditional medicine. The Liantian Group, a local enterprise in charge of the regional trading markets, acted as the partner of the Park.

With development of the investment, the company had kept facing threats, which were suspected to have been made by local gangsters and interest groups. As a result, construction of the transfer park was slowed. In response to the threats, Hong Kong Huayao wrote a letter to the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council in the beginning of 2005. The authorities concerned, then instructed its subordinate, the Shandong Provincial government, to support the construction of the park. As a result, the Linyi City government founded a special project committee led by the Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee, and the Executive vice Mayor. Instructions were issued to “protect rights and benefits of Hong Kong Huayao, to protect the security of foreign investors and to attack illegal forces.” In addition, a Public Security Office whose members were mainly from the Public Security Bureau was set up to offer “protection for foreign investors.” Construction of the transfer park was then sped up.

Members of Politics and Law Committee Stage Feast to Arrest Hong Kong Huayao Executives

In less than half a year (on September 26, 2005) the company’s top executives received an invitation from Li Honghai, the Secretary of the Politics and Law Committee, to a feast at a hotel chosen by him. Over twenty top executives of the company were ordered to show up for “feast.”

During the feast, numerous policemen then appeared and abducted all of the company staff present, including two shareholders, the legal representative Xu Dongfang and his wife Xiao Xiaohong, On November 20, 2005, the Linyi Public Security Bureau subjected Xu and Xiao to criminal detention for being accused of fraud. On December 27, the couple was officially placed under arrest. On the same day, the Public Security Bureau confiscated Shandong Huayao’s seals, files, financial materials and computers as well as personal possessions. The company was forced to close, with its gates sealed. Afterward, they were imprisoned for over two years……. ( more details from the Epochtimes)

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Detained Journalist Maltreated in China

Posted by Author on October 28, 2007


The Committee to Protect Journalists, Oct 25, 2007-

New York, October 25, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of detained journalist Qi Chonghuai, who was beaten by police while in custody, according to his wife.

Qi has been detained at the Tengzhou Detention Center in the eastern province of Shandong since June 25 when police took him from his home, his wife Jiao Xia told CPJ. He was initially held for using a false press card, but was formally charged with extortion on August 2, according to his lawyer, Li Xiongbin. Qi denies the charge. During a visit on August 23 he told Jiao and Li that police had beaten him several times around the face and thrown water at him during an interrogation on August 13. Police told him that they could beat him as much as they liked, and call it suicide if he died, the lawyer told CPJ.

“Reports that Qi has been badly treated in custody are disturbing,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “Journalists should be entitled to fair treatment in the Chinese legal system. This is particularly important leading up to the 2008 Olympics, with dozens of journalists still behind bars in China.”

Prior to his arrest, Qi defended an online posting on the Xinhua News Agency Web site exposing corruption, local news reports said. The posting, originally dated June 14, contained photographs of a luxurious new government building thought to be taken by Qi’s friend Ma Shiping, according to the reports. Ma was detained on June 16, also for using a false press card. CPJ is investigating the charges against Ma to determine is he is being unfairly held because of his work as a journalist.

Qi and Ma are awaiting trial. Both charges carry a penalty of at least three years imprisonment in China.

Qi has been a journalist for 13 years. He had written several articles for different publications on sensitive topics, including displaced peasants and the environment, which have criticized the local administration, according to his lawyer. Some of his articles were published by the Falun Gong-affiliated newspaper and Web site The Epoch Times.

Qi and Jiao have two children.

Original report from CPJ.org

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Military Officer’s Statement of Quitting the Chinese Communist Party

Posted by Author on September 26, 2007


Statement by Gao Shang, on Quit CCP Website (in Chinese) , published in English by the Epochtimes, Sep 24, 2007-

I am a military officer in active duty; I have a bachelor’s degree. I have often received information about quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on the Epoch Times website.

I want to say that most rank-and-file soldiers and officials have at least high school education, and with this they are no longer simply listening to the CCP’s propaganda.

For example, on the issue of Taiwan, most of us have a good impression of the people in Taiwan; regarding the Anti-Japanese War (1937-1945), we know that it was mainly fought by the Guomintang (KMT), not by the CCP.

As for the issue of Chinese people being involved in politics, we believe that we should all be concerned about politics; otherwise, democracy and freedom will never be implemented in China.

Today I have an opportunity to learn how to withdraw from the dictatorial Party, so I ask the Epoch Times to help me publish my statement to quit the CCP and its related organizations. I want to do what I should for the best wishes in my heart.

Gao Shang
Shangdong Province, China
September 13, 2007

Click here to read the original statement in Chinese on the Quit CCP Website

Related:
26 million Chinese Quit The Chinese Communist Party Organizations , 18th September 2007

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China: Name List of 11 Corrupt Officials At Provincial Level Since 2002

Posted by Author on September 9, 2007


Chinascope Magazine, USA, 09/06/2007-

On September 1, the website of Procuratorial Daily (检察日报) published a short list of officials at the provincial level who have been found to be corrupt since the 16th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held in 2002. [1]

1. Liu Fangren, former Secretary of the Guizhou Provincial Party Committee, former Chair of the Standing Committee of the Guizhou People’s Congress,

Alleged Crimes: Individually or collectively accepting 6,770,000 Yuan
of illegal money Sentence or Decision: life imprisonment, forfeiture of ill-gotten money, confiscation of all personal property

2. Gao Yan, former General Manager of the State Power Corp. Of China

Alleged Crimes: economic crime
Sentence or Decision: Expelled from the CCP and official duties

3. Wang Huaizhong, former Vice Governor of Anhui Province

Alleged Crimes: Accepting a bribe of 5,170,000 Yuan; no legitimate sources for personal assets of 4,800,000 Yuan
Sentence or Decision: Death penalty with deprivation of political rights for life and confiscation of all personal property

4. Han Guizhi, former Chair of the Political Consultative Conference of Heilongjiang Province

Alleged Crimes: Accepting 7,020,000 Yuan in illegal money Sentence or Decision: Death penalty with a two-year reprieve, deprivation of political rights for life and confiscation of all personal property

5. Wang Zhaoyao, former Chair of the Political Consultative Conference of Anhui Province

Alleged Crimes: Accepting illegal money and items with a total value of 7,040,000 Yuan; no legitimate sources for personal assets of 6,500,000 Yuan
Sentence or Decision: Death penalty with a two-year reprieve, deprivation of political rights for life and confiscation of all personal property

6. Wang Youjie, former Vice Chair of Political Consultative Conference of Henan Province

Alleged Crimes: Accepting illegal money and items with a total value of 6,340,000 Yuan; no legitimate sources for personal assets of 8,900,000 Yuan
Sentence or Decision: Death penalty with a two-year reprieve, deprivation of political rights for life and confiscation of all personal property

7. Jing Fusheng, former member of the Fujian Provincial Party Committee, former Director of the Provincial Propaganda Department

Alleged Crimes: Accepting multi-millions of Yuan in illegal money; a corrupt life style
Sentence or Decision: Expelled from the CCP and official duties, transferred to the judicial authority for investigation into the alleged crimes

8. Du Shicheng, former Secretary of the Shandong Provincial Party Committee, former Secretary of the Qingdao Municipal Party Committee

Alleged Crimes: Individually or collectively, along with his mistress, accepting illegal money and items with a value of 1,000,000 Yuan; a corrupt life style
Sentence or Decision: Expelled from the CCP and official duties, transferred to the judicial authority for investigation to the alleged crimes

9. Liu Zhihua, former Vice Mayor of Beijing

Alleged Crimes: Accepting multi-millions of Yuan in bribes; having a mistress and using his power to contract construction projects for his mistress as a way to reap huge illegal profits
Sentence or Decision: Expelled from the CCP and official duties, transferred to the judicial authority for investigation into the alleged crimes

10. Qiu Xiaohua, former Director of the National Bureau of Statistics

Alleged Crimes: Accepting cash gifts from illegal business owners, a corrupt life style, and bigamy
Sentence or Decision: Expelled from the CCP and official duties, transferred to the judicial authority for investigation to the alleged crimes

11. Zheng Xiaoyu, former Director of the State Food and Drug Administration

Alleged Crimes: Accepting illegal money and items with a total value of 6,490,000 Yuan; negligence at work
Sentence or Decision: Death penalty with deprivation of political rights for life and confiscation of all personal property

– Original report from ChinaScope.org : Officials at the Provincial Level Found To Be Corrupt Since the 16th National Congress of Chinese Communist Party

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Mountains Move Easier Than the Chinese Communist Party

Posted by Author on August 30, 2007


By Frank Ching, Special to The China Post, Taiwan, August 29, 2007-

There’s a Chinese saying that says “It is easier to move a mountain than change a person’s nature.” This is similar to the English expression that a zebra cannot change its stripes.

Time and again, the Chinese authorities through their actions have confirmed the truth of the saying. They just did it again a few days ago when they stopped the wife of a blind activist serving a prison term from leaving the country.

The activist, Chen Guangcheng, who has been blind since childhood and studied law on his own in order to help farmers with grievances to file court cases, is in prison after he documented cases of forced abortions and other abuses by officials in Shandong province.

He was jailed on what appeared to be trumped-up charges of damaging property and organizing a mob to disturb traffic. In recognition of his “irrepressible passion for justice in leading ordinary Chinese citizens to assert their legitimate rights under the law,” Chen was chosen to receive the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership.

Since he was behind bars, his wife, Yuan Weijing, decided to go to Manila to receive the award on his behalf. However, before she could board the plane, police apparently barred her passage from Shandong’s Linyi region, removed her baggage from the plane and confiscated her passport.

These officials did not provide any reason for denying her the right to travel. No doubt they did not want her to publicize the case of her husband, which would only further embarrass the provincial authorities.

But they do not seem to realize that by doing so, they will bring international opprobrium down on China — not just Shandong province. By trying to shield themselves, they are hurting the nation, showing the world that China is not a country where the rule of law is respected.

This behavior is consistent with China’s treatment of other individuals in the country who have distinguished themselves. In 2004, the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service was given to Dr. Jiang Yanyong in recognition of “his brave stand for truth in China, spurring life-saving measures to confront and contain the deadly threat of SARS.”

While the SARS virus was spreading in China in late 2002 and 2003, the Chinese government was covering up the severity of the epidemic. It was Dr. Jiang who leaked the information to Western news agencies. When Western countries put pressure on China, Beijing fired the minister of public health and took steps to deal with the epidemic, preventing it from reaching pandemic proportions.

Needless to say, Dr. Jiang was prevented from leaving the country to receive the justly earned award. China did not want the world to be reminded of its cover-up, an act that led to the deaths of hundreds of people outside the mainland.

The elderly physician Gao Yaojie, now 79 years old, has had an even worse experience. She embarrassed authorities in Henan province by exposing how HIV was spread in the province through illegal blood sales. In 2001, she was awarded the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights, but was put under house arrest and prevented from receiving the award. In 2003, she was honored with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service and again prevented from receiving it.

This year, she was chosen by Vital Voices Global Partnership, a nonprofit group, to receive its 2007 Global Women’s Leadership Award for Human Rights. Again, the provincial authorities put her under house arrest.

It was only after Senator Hillary Clinton intervened that Beijing allowed Ms. Gao go to leave the country to receive the richly deserved award. At the time, she said that the situation in China was improving, since for the first time she was actually allowed to receive an award.

However, with the latest incident involving the wife of Chen Guangcheng, it would appear that the situation in China has not improved. Local officials are still doing everything possible to keep embarrassing information from coming out, and are willing to go to great lengths to achieve this, embarrassing the country as a result.

In the meantime, the central government is simply sitting on its hands by allowing local officials to abuse their power and punish upright citizens, the cream of Chinese society. This is a sad commentary on China, its ruling Communist party, and on the sense of values (or lack thereof) on the part of the Chinese government.

– original report from China Post: Mountains move easier than China

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China: Jailed Activist’s Wife Detained for Leaving Country to Collect Rights Award

Posted by Author on August 24, 2007


By Ben Blanchard, Reuters, Aug 24, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Friday prevented the wife of a blind, jailed activist from going to the Philippines to collect a human rights award on his behalf by revoking her passport.

Police detained her at the airport, a friend told Reuters.

The Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation named Chen Guangcheng as one of seven winners this year, citing his “irrepressible passion for justice in leading ordinary Chinese citizens to assert their legitimate rights under the law.”

Chen was jailed for four years and three months last year for disrupting traffic and damaging property, charges his wife, Yuan Weijing, and critics say were concocted by officials angry at his exposure of forced late-term abortions in his hometown in Shandong province.

“They said that her passport was not valid,” said Yuan’s friend and fellow activist Zeng Jinyan. “But that’s not the case. She was able to check in with no problem.”

Yuan’s telephone was turned off.

Zeng’s husband and fellow activist Hu Jia told Reuters he later received a very brief phone call from Yuan saying that she had been “kidnapped”, was hiding in a women’s toilet and was unable to say where she was.

“I suddenly heard the sound of somebody knocking on the door, and then the phone went dead,” Hu said. “This is the work of the Public Security Ministry — China’s Gestapo.”

The ministry declined to comment.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation said in a statement that it regretted that Chen was unable to come to Manila to receive his prize and that Yuan was also unable to accept on his behalf.

But it added that the foundation was a non-political organization, saying “we respect every country’s authority and its decisions with regard to the travel of its citizens”.

HARASSMENT

Police earlier accosted and briefly detained a small group of foreign reporters who had gone to Hu and Zeng’s house in Beijing, where Yuan was staying.

Officers tried to seize film and stopped Hu from driving Yuan to the airport.

Yuan told Reuters before setting off that the foreign affairs office in Linyi, near her home, had called late on Thursday night to tell her the passport had been revoked.

“But my passport very obviously is valid until March 2008. Moreover, I already have my visa,” she said. “There is no reason to revoke it.”

Yuan said the Shandong government did not want her leaving the country to tell foreigners about abuses her husband was trying to combat.

“They have done illegal things,” she said. “They don’t want it to be spoken about.

“I actually really admire the Shandong government for making so much effort that they can mobilize the Beijing public security bureau,” Yuan added sarcastically.

Chinese activists have said Chen’s heavy sentence shows officials are clamping down on “rights defenders”, a network of lawyers and activists seeking to expand freedoms through litigation and Internet-driven campaigns.

A British diplomat who had gone to see if Yuan would be allowed to leave said she was concerned about the harassment.

“This is a case we’ve raised at the highest levels with the Chinese,” Lucy Hughes from the British embassy in Beijing told Reuters. “We are concerned both for the safety of human rights defenders and for the ability of journalists to report freely.”

Foreign journalists were supposed to have been given greater freedom to report since the start of the year, ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But in practice the police still detain reporters when they see fit.

– Original report from Reuters : China stops activist’s wife leaving country

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6 Chinese University Scholars’ Open Letter Demanding Human Rights Before Beijing Olympics

Posted by Author on August 21, 2007


The Epoch Times, Aug 20, 2007-

Six university scholars in China wrote an open letter to the communist regime on Aug. 14, demanding human rights compliance before the 2008 Olympics. Their letter follows:

The spirit of the Olympics is peace, justice, democracy, and the sanctity of human rights. The 2008 Olympics will be held in Beijing. We maintain, however, that the Chinese government must improve human rights conditions in China. A government that cannot safeguard its citizens’ basic human rights has no [moral] right to sponsor the Olympics.

Subsequently, we are presenting an eightfold proposal to the Chinese government for the improvement of human rights in China:

1. Release political and religious prisoners. Cease political and religious persecution.

2. Abolish the labor-camp system in China. The system allows the government to deprive citizens of their human rights without observing due process under the law. Millions of Chinese citizens have been imprisoned in labor camps over the past 50 years.

3. End newspaper censorship. Insure freedom of speech and of the press. Stop blocking and interfering with foreign media. Abolish the policy of prohibiting people from installing satellite TV antennae.

4. Abolish the violent “one-child” policy. This policy gravely violates the human rights of women, infants, and other family members.

5. Review cases of injustice. Many unjust cases in China have not been vindicated. The victims and their family members have endured injustice and suffering for years.

The foremost aberrations of justice should be immediately vindicated, such as those relating to the 1989 Tiananmen Square Democratic Movement, Falun Gong, the Anti-Rightist Movement, violently enforced birth control, and the like.

6. Resolutely implement the Property Rights Law, and stop the barbaric demolition of private property and other abuses of owners’ rights.

7. Stop depriving the Chinese people of the right to legally leave and enter China. At present, many Chinese people are restricted from leaving or entering China, based solely on their political views and their beliefs.

8. Abolish torture. All torture methods existing in China should be banned

9. If the Chinese government does not resolve all the forgoing problems, all law-abiding people in China and throughout the world must boycott the Beijing Olympics.

[signed:]

Shi Ruoping (Shandong University)

Li Changyu (Shandong University)

Sun Wenguang (Shandong University)

Hu Fengdazzle (Jiao Tong University)

Teng Biao (China University of Political Science and Law)

Wang Yi (Chengdu University)

Aug. 14, 2007

– Original report : Chinese Scholars Demand Human Rights Before Olympics

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List of the Most Wicked Labor Camps in Modern China

Posted by Author on August 21, 2007


Under China’s “reform through labor” policy, hundreds of modern labor camps are built up through out the country to hold political prisoners, dissidents, religious, lawyers, journalists, human rights defenders along side dangerous criminals.

Torture to death

Torture is widely used in these labor camps to force prisoners to reform.

Till the year 2003, “at least 69 labour camps have directly persecuted Falun Gong practitioners to death (Appendix 2 contains detailed information)”, said in a report by World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG).

“Even practitioners who were senior citizens older than 65 years, infants as young as eight months, or disabled had no impunity”, it said.

Two specific cases:Ms. Wang lixuan and son

“In November 2000, Ms. Wang Lixuan and her nearly eight-month-old infant son were both tortured to death at the Tuanhe Labour Camp in Beijing. ” ( details)
(photo right: Ms. Wang Lixuan and her 8-month-old son)

“In October 2000, 18 female Falun Gong practitioners were stripped of their clothing and thrown into the male criminals’ cells at the Masanjia Labour Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. ” ( details)

The worst- organ harvesting

large-scale of organ harvesting is happening in China labor camps, said by two well-known Canadian human rights activists, David Kilgour and David Matas, in their independent report “BLOODY HARVEST– Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China”.

List of most wicked labor camps

I’m trying to collect information from the Internet to list out some of the most wicked labor camps in modern China.

By click on the name on the list, you can find out the labor camps’ location, introduction, cases of abuses and killing, victims and Perpetrators.

1. Masanjia Labor Camp
– Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, Northeast China

2. Harbin Wanjia Labor Camp
– Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, Northeast China

3. Beijing Tuanhe Labor Camp
– Daxing County, Beijing City, Capital city of China

4. Beijing Tiantanghe Women’s Labor Camp
– Daxing County, Beijing City, Capital city of China

5. Beijing XinAn Labor Camp
– Daxing County, Beijing City, Capital city of China

6. Hebei Gaoyang Labor Camp
– Gaoyang County, Baoding City, Hebei Province, north China

7. Tianjin Banqiao Labor Camp
– Tianjin City, north China

8. Harbin Changlinzi Labor Camp
-Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, northeast China

9. Shenyang Longshan Labor Camp
– Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, northeast China

10.Shenyang Zhangshi Labor Camp
– Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, northeast China

11. Changchun Heizuizi Women’s Labor Camp
– Changchun City, Jilin Province, northeast China

12. Shandong Zibo Wangcun Labor Camp
– Zibo City, Shandong Province, east China

A few more will be added on the list later.

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Bad News Under Control- 181 Miners Are Lost In China Flood

Posted by Author on August 20, 2007


Jane Macartney, of The Times, UK, August 20, 2007-

Beijing- Frantic relatives of 181 Chinese miners trapped by flash floods hundreds of metres underground scuffled with security forces today as they criticised rescue efforts.

More than 200 people massed at the mine entrance toppled an iron fence and broke into the compound, desperate to discover the fate of missing husbands and fathers in what threatens to become one of China’s deadliest ever mining disasters.

Li Chuanmei said her 42-year-old brother was one of the missing. “No one has said anything about what is happening. They are treating these people like they are sacrificial goods.”

An official had earlier given them little cause for hope. “I’d guess that the miners down the shaft have no hope of survival,” said the chief rescue officer, Zhu Wenyu, according to state media.

The accident was triggered when the torrential rains that have lashed swaths of China this summer breached a river levee and sent water cascading into the Zhangzhuang mine via an old shaft. More than 750 men were underground when the waters rushed in but most managed to escape. Officials said 172 were trapped.

Nine other miners were also missing after the flash floods poured into a nearby mine.

The Zhangzhuang mine, in eastern Shandong province, some 450 kilometres south of Beijing, is owned by the Huayuan Mining Co. Rescue teams, with help from the army, battled all day Saturday to close the breach in the levee.

President Hu Jintao urged rescuers to “take all necessary measures to rescue the trapped miners,” Xinhua news agency reported. However, officials at the scene held out little hope for the missing men and the absence of obvious signs of rescue activity exacerbated the distress of their families.

Li Xuehua screamed: “Save my little brother. Get him out.” Two relatives propped up the desperate woman. But stone-faced officials turned down pleas from relatives for news of the missing men.

Zhou Jun, the 19-year-old son of one trapped miner, had travelled from the coastal city of Qingdao to be close to his father. After officials could give him no news, the teenager collapsed and was taken to hospital.

Senior officials reported today that the levee had been restored. “This is the first step, which is good. Now we are preparing to pump water out of the mine before sending in rescue workers,” said Wang Dequan, a spokesman for the Taian city government. “There is a lot of water to be pumped.”

The main state television news did not mention the disaster until the end of its evening broadcast, devoting just a minute to reports of efforts to pump out the water and making no mention of how many miners were missing — a sign of the seriousness of the situation.

China prefers to limit the amount of bad news that it tells its people, and just last week ordered a new campaign to ensure that most of the news is good in the run-up to a crucial five-yearly Congress of the ruling Communist Party expected in October.

Its coal mines are the world’s deadliest, with thousands of fatalities each year in fires, floods and other disasters. Many are blamed on managers who disregard safety rules.

The Government has promised for years to improve mine safety, but the country depends on coal for most of its electric power and its economic boom has created voracious demand.

Production has more than doubled since 2000. The deadliest reported coalmine disaster since the 1949 Communist revolution was an explosion that killed 214 miners in 2005 in northeastern Liaoning province.

– Original report from The Times : Family fury as 181 miners are lost in flood

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China: Journalist charged with blackmail for exposing corruption

Posted by Author on August 17, 2007


Reporters Without Borders, 17 August 2007-

Police in Tengzhou, in the eastern province of Shandong, held journalist Qi Chonghuai incommunicado for more two months after arresting him at his home in the nearby city of Jinan on 25 June 2007. The police finally formalized his arrest on 2 August, but his wife did not receive notification that he is being held until this week.

Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of Qi and a friend of his, freelance photographer Ma Shiping, who was arrested on 16 June for the same reason as Qi – for exposing corruption in the Tengzhou Communist Party.

“The behaviour of the police in holding Qi incommunicado for two months is deplorable but unfortunately common in China,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is also unlikely that Ma is being held for posting photos of an official building on the Internet, even if he is not officially accredited as a photographer.”

Reporters Without Borders added: “The charge of blackmail against Qi and the claim that he misrepresented himself as journalist have been fabricated by the police because the local authorities want to punish him for accusing them of corruption.”

At least 32 journalists are in prison in China just for doing their job. They include New York Times researcher Zhao Yan, who is serving a three-year sentence on the grotesque charge of fraud.

The police went after Qi and Ma in June after they published an article and photos about corruption within the Tengzhou Communist Party on the Xinhuanet website. Ma was arrested on 16 June. A member of the staff at Tengzhou Daily, which used to employ Ma, said: “He dared to say what the accredited reporters did not dare write – he dared to say the truth.”

After Ma’s arrest, Qi was initially summoned as a witness, in the hope that he could be persuaded to testify against his friend. Qi refused, and a few days later he posted a photo of a luxurious official building in Tengzhou on the overseas-based website Dajiyuan (Epoch Times). The photo was seen as supporting the allegations of local corruption and caused a stir on the Internet. Thereafter, the Tengzhou Public Security Bureau set about trying to discredit Ma and Qi in the press and online.

When police arrested Qi at his home on 25 June, they seized his computer and a press card identifying him as a journalist working for the newspaper Fazhi Zaobao (Legal System Morning News). The local authorities insist that Qi has never been a journalist, while the provincial authorities say Fazhi Zaobao does not exist. It has been renamed Fazhi Zhoumo (Legal System News). The police say Qi was posing as a journalist but many bylined articles by him about corruption have been published.

– Original report from  Reporters Without Borders : After being held incommunicado for two months, Shandong journalist who exposed corruption is charged with blackmail

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Jailed Blind China Activist Wins Asian Nobel Award

Posted by Author on August 1, 2007


Reuters, Jul 31, 2007- cheng guangcheng 1

MANILA (Reuters) – A blind Chinese activist who is serving a four-year prison term after exposing forced abortions and sterilisation in northern China in 2005 was awarded on Tuesday Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel prize.

The Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation named Chen Guangcheng as one of seven winners this year, citing his “irrepressible passion for justice in leading ordinary Chinese citizens to assert their legitimate rights under the law.”

Chen was sentenced to four years and three months’ jail last year for disrupting traffic and damaging property, charges his wife and critics say were concocted by officials angry at his exposure of forced late-term abortions in his hometown in Shandong province.

Chen, blind since childhood, was convicted in a closed-door trial in which even his lawyers were not allowed access.

He is known as a self-taught “barefoot lawyer” for providing legal advice to peasants who say they have been victimised by official abuses.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, named for a popular Philippine president killed in a plane crash, was set up in 1957 by the trustees of the New York-based Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Nearly 250 people and 16 groups, including the U.S. Peace Corps and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, have been recognized by the awards body since the first awards in 1958.

The awards, based on six categories, are given yearly to individuals and groups in Asia. ( …… more details from Reuters report)

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Chinese Professor Claims to Eat Paper Stuffed Bun

Posted by Author on July 31, 2007


By Qin Yue and Li Ming, Sound of Hope Radio, Via the Epochtimes, Jul 30, 2007-

Just as official Chinese media were questioning the validity of stories surrounding consumer allegations of Chinese pork buns stuffed with paper, one man, while visiting Qufu City in China’s Shandong Province, claims to have personally consumed such an item. Meanwhile, a man on another website confessed to making and selling these paper stuffed food products.

On July 23, a university professor posted an entry on China’s well-known online forum bbs.book.sina.com.cn revealing that he had eaten pork buns stuffed with paper on a sight seeing in Shandong’s Qufu on July 20.

“I didn’t feel or smell anything strange when I was eating it,” said the professor. “But afterwards I had a strange aftertaste, sort of like fiber. Later when I threw up, I could clearly tell it was paper and fiber. It felt just like it.”

“I am a university teacher in Shanghai,” the professor recounted in his Internet posting. “Last week I took a trip to Shandong with my family. We went to Jinan City and then Taishan Mountain; the last stop was Qufu. We arrived in Qufu on the evening of July 20 and stayed in a hotel near the bus station (I don’t remember the name of the hotel clearly now, it might be called Guotie Hotel or Guodao Hotel). Anyway, we arrived at the hotel by bus from Taishan Mountain. This hotel is only a five minute walk from the Confucian Temple. You turn right from the hotel and the bus station is next to it.”

“On the morning of July 21, my family and I went to a small restaurant across the street to have breakfast. This small restaurant boasted that served ‘Authentic Nanjing Buns,’ 2.5 yuan (US$.33) for a steamed buns and dumplings. The owner of this small restaurant is a woman who claims to be from Wuhu City in Zhejiang Province and has lived in northern China for 20 years. After we ate the buns, we went to the Confucian Temple. My stomach was not feeling well and I had the taste and feel of fiber in my mouth. All of a sudden I recalled the news I had read on Internet about people stuffing their buns with paper. I asked my wife how she was feeling and she said that she was also experiencing a similar feeling—there was a feeling of having something in her mouth other than pork. I felt terribly nauseous and I threw up after I drank some water. I found scraps of paper in the stuff that I just threw up,” said the professor.

“How horrible this is! The newspaper claimed that the paper stuffed pork buns story was false but I personally experienced it, right here in Qufu of Shandong, which is the hometown of Confucius—the greatest ancient Chinese sage. This is a place that is known as a land of courtesy and propriety for thousands of years, said the professor.”

At nearly the same time, a writer calling himself Li Huaqiang also posted an article on the Website http://www.boxun.com on July 21, confessing that he once made paper stuffed pork buns in his own restaurant. He described the procedure in detail. “Soak the newspaper in oil, heat it up, then dry the newspaper to become crispy and hard and then mix it in with the rest of the stuffing,” he explained. “Later I added vegetables into the mix and combined them together. The final result is greatly improved through this procedure. After playing with and adjusting factors such as temperature, time, meat essence and sauce, etc., I was able to produce paper stuffed pork buns.”

Upon realizing what his son was up to, Li’s peasant father made sure he would no longer serve these to customers. Li added that he did not invent this recipe. “Everyone has their own way of making it, and it is not a secret anymore,” said Li. “Three restaurants near my home are all serving ‘paper stuffed pork buns.'”

The procedure for making this unsavory food item was expressed in detail on Beijing TV’s program “Transparency.” The program explained how one would soak cardboard boxes in a large steel bowl, adding industrial caustic soda to fade and break down the cardboard. After breaking the partially dissolved cardboard into pieces, it was then mixed it into pork stuffing with meat essence to give the final product the look and taste of real pork. Although the method described varied somewhat from Li’s recipe, the result was basically the same.

Although Beijing authorities continue to assert that such stories are false, they removed the “Transparency” program’s producer and two additional employees from office. For the scores of Chinese people who have suffered from fake and poisoned food in the last few months, news of the paper stuffed pork buns isn’t hard to swallow.

– Report from the Epochtimes: Tourist Claims to Eat Paper Stuffed Bun

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China Rejects Licence Renew Application From Rights Lawyer

Posted by Author on July 31, 2007


Reporters Without Borders, 31 July 2007-

Reporters Without Borders condemns the decision of the judicial authorities to refuse to renew the licence of lawyer Li Jianqiang, one of the very few prepared to defend journalists and dissidents.

The Judicial Affairs bureau in Shandong province, eastern China, rejected the application to renew his professional licence made in June 2007. It had been turned down but no reason was given, making it impossible for him to appeal against the decision.

“This sanction is unjustified and unjustifiable,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “It deprives many cyber-dissidents and independent journalists of a courageous defence against the unfairness of Chinese justice”.

“We call on the Justice Minister, Wu Aiying, to intervene with the relevant authorities to ensure that Li Jianqiang has his licence renewed,” the organisation said.

“This decision is very painful for me. I am now unemployed on the orders of the government and I have no means of appealing,” Li told Reporters Without Borders.

Li Jianqiang has defended the writer Yang Tianshui, the poet Li Hong, artist Yan Zhengxue and independent writers Chi Jianwei, Guo Qizhen, Yang Tongyan, Li Yuanlong, Zhang Jianhong and Chen Shuqing. He is also legal advisor to the organisation Independent Chinese Pen.

According to the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD), Li was previously refused renewal of his licence in 2003. He was a professor, journalist and writer before becoming a lawyer in 1994.

– Original report from Reporters Without Borders : Lawyer for journalists and cyber-dissidents loses licence

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(photos) After Raided by Rainstorm in East China City

Posted by Author on July 21, 2007


According to SecretChina.com Chinese report, east China city Jinan in Shandong province and around area raided by rainstorm on Jul 18, 2007. Most transportation interrupted, 22 people died, other 140 injured.

Here’s some pictures taken by local residence and published on the Internet:

rainstorm in Jinan (1)

Rush hour 

Rainstorm in Jinan (2)

Rainstorm in Jinan (3)

Rainstorm in Jinan (2)

Hand in hand help each other 

Rainstorm in Jinan (4)

Rainstorm in Jinan (5)

Water came in home

– all picture from http://secretchina.com/ 

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China: Largest expulsion campaign of foreign Christians ongoing

Posted by Author on July 10, 2007


China Aid Association, Inc., Jul 10 2007-

Over 100 Foreign Missionaries Expelled by Chinese Government Secret Campaign

Midland, Texas (July 10, 2007)- China Aid Association confirms that a central government-directed campaign to expel suspected foreign missionaries has been ongoing since February 2007.

“Typhoon No. 5 Campaign”

According to reliable China Aid sources and collaborated reports by at least five different mission agencies, over 100 foreigners accused of being involved in illegal religious activities in China have been expelled or deported this year between April and June.

Sources inside the Chinese government informed CAA that the Chinese government launched a massive expulsion campaign of foreign Christians, encoded Typhoon No. 5, in February 2007.

This campaign is believed to be part of the anti-infiltration efforts to prevent foreign Christians from engaging in mission activities before the Beijing Olympics next year. Citizens from six countries working in Xinjiang, Beijing and Tibet targeted.

Most of those expelled are citizens from the United States, South Korea, Singapore , Canada , Australia , and Israel . They were expelled when they were either working or visiting in Xinjiang, Beijing, Tibet, or Shandong .

According to an American who had been working in Xinjiang for 10 years and wants to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the topic, over 60 foreign religious workers were expelled from Xinjiang alone. Some of the workers had been serving the local people for 15-18 years before they were asked to leave in the past few months.

At least 15 Christian couples from the United States and other countries were expelled from Beijing in the month of May.

Two American English teachers sent by the English Language Institute/ China (ELIC) were expelled from Tibet.

ELIC (www.elic.org), a California based Christian organization, is the largest English teacher-sending organization to China and has trained thousands of Chinese college and high school students since the 1990s. On May 31, 2007, one Israeli Jewish Christian and an American were arrested and expelled from Linyi City , Shandong province when they worshiped together with 70 House Church leaders.

On July 1, three American Christians from Indiana were detained in Beijing and then forced to leave China after their US passports were taken away for 3 to 5 days by Chinese security agents.

Consulate Protection Rights Violated

According to CAA’s private interviews with some of the expelled Americans, the Chinese PSB confiscated their passports for 2-7 days and treated them professionally while they were interrogated. They were not allowed to have access to US Embassy in Beijing , a direct violation of US-China consulate protection agreements. Some will not be allowed to return to China for 5 years.

This is the largest expulsion of foreign missionaries since 1954 when the Chinese Communist government expelled all foreign religious workers after taking power in 1949.

The Chinese government refuses to recognize foreign missionary status in China, so many missionaries choose to work in the education or business sectors as ways to stay in China .

“Given the significant contribution to the Chinese people made by those expelled foreigners, this campaign is certainly misguided and counter-productive”, said Bob Fu, President of CAA. “We call upon the Chinese government to correct this wrong course by allowing these selfless good-hearted people of faith back into China.”

© Issued by CAA on July 10, 2007.

– original report from China Aid Association (CAA): Over 100 Foreign Missionaries Expelled by Chinese Government Secret Campaign

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China: 2 Christian Pastors Sent to Labour Camp for “evil cult” Activity

Posted by Author on July 8, 2007


Press release, China Aid, July 7, 2007-

Midland, Texas (July 7, 2007)- CAA learned that 2 House Church leaders were sentenced to 1 year re-education through labor on June 29 in Shandong Province.

According to official notification paper sent to family members, the two church leaders have been sent to Re-education through Labor Camp of Jining City of Shandong province to serve their sentence. The paper issued by Re-education through Labor (Lao Jiao) Management Committee of the People’s Government of Heze City said pastor ZHANG Geming (erred as ZHANG Gaiming in CAA’s previous report) and pastor SUN Qingwen were accused using an evil cult to obstruct the law. Their re-education through labor time starts from June 29, 2007 and ends on June 14, 2008.

According to house church sources, both pastors are evangelical missionaries sent from Henan to Shandong province. They were detained on June 15 along with 4 other local church leaders when they had a worship service together. The 4 local pastors were released on July 1 after being forced to have paid 10000 yuan($1300) fine.

– original report from ChinaAid.org : 2 House Church Leaders Sentenced to 1 Year Re-education through Labor in Shandong; One More Church Leader Detained in Shanxi Province

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China: Reporter Arrested for Providing News to Overseas Free Media

Posted by Author on July 3, 2007


By Fang Xiao, The Epoch Times, Jul 02, 2007-

CHINA- On June 25, police drove nearly 200 miles from Tengzhou to Ji’nan to arrest Qi Chonghuai, a reporter for the China Legal News, because Qi helped the Epoch Times break a censored news report. Qi’s whereabouts are unknown.

Qi Chonghuai has been a reporter for 13 years. Qi’s reports to the China Legal News contained information censored by the government. The Chinese authority ordered that his news reports be blocked. Qi then sent his news to the Epoch Times. In June, Qi provided the Epoch Times with information on a village party chief beating a soldier’s family. After the Epoch Times reported the news on June 18, the local police went to Qi’s office in Ji’nan City and interrogated him.

On the night of June 25, several police from Tengzhou went to Qi’s home wanting to arrest him. Qi refused to open the door. At 1:40 a.m. on the June 26, the police attempted to break open Qi’s door, but were thwarted by the three locks on the door. Qi’s wife and two children were terrified by the sound of the police pounding at the door.

A Tengzhou City Public Safety Bureau employee called Qi and told him he had an hour to open the door or the police would break in. Later the police broke down the door and arrested Qi.

An Epoch Times reporter made many calls to the Criminal Team at the Tengzhou City Public Safety Bureau, the Legal Division of the Tengzhou City Public Safety Bureau, the Ji’nan City Public Safety Bureau, the Shandong Province Public Safety Department, the Tengzhou City Commission, and the Tengzhou City Hall. No one acknowledged knowing anything about the arrest. The Epoch Times reporter also called Qi’s home and cell phones, but could not get through.

According to a report from the Beijing News, a police officer of the Tengzhou City Public Safety Bureau confirmed that on June 26 they arrested Qi for “suspected economic crimes.”

– original report from the Epochtimes: Chinese Reporter Arrested for Providing News to The Epoch Times 

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China review: A Hong Kong Listing Loses Its Luster

Posted by Author on July 3, 2007


BusinessWeek, July 2, 2007-

A rejuvenated Shanghai market and mainland authorities that are keen to have local companies list at home are the culprits

The marriage between mainland enterprises and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange was one of necessity. With domestic markets held back by an overhang of state-owned non-tradable shares – and, for a year, off limits while the authorities tended to the problem – China had little alternative but to raise capital overseas. Hong Kong’s mature and well-governed market was the obvious choice.

Since the first H-share listed in 1993, US$190 billion has been raised by mainland enterprises in Hong Kong, 55% of the total. By the end of 2006, the 367 H-share, red chip and non-H-share private companies on the main and GEM boards accounted for half the total US$1.7 trillion market capitalization. They were also responsible for 60% of daily turnover.

Last year was a tour de force with a record US$44 billion raised in new funds, 91% of it by mainland enterprises. Leading the way was Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), a dual listing with Shanghai that went for a world record US$21.9 billion.

Sadly for Hong Kong, this will not become an annual event.

“The total amount of capital raised through IPOs will be less than last year, there is no ICBC now,” said Lawrence Fok, head of business development at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing. “However, there has been quite a lot of secondary fund raising in the market – people are looking for opportunities in relation to economic growth in China.”

Yet Hong Kong must also contend with a rejuvenated Shanghai market and central authorities that are keen to have local companies list at home.

Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has predicted that funds raised in the Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share markets will rise by about 50% to more than US$25 billion in 2007, while Hong Kong slips 56% from last year’s total.

END OF THE PARTY?

What’s more, bankers told media sources in April that Beijing had introduced an unofficial policy banning mainland companies from issuing shares in Hong Kong unless they planned to raise more than US$1 billion or were willing to do a joint listing in the mainland.

“It’s not been officially confirmed but it’s a clear understanding,” said Ashley Alder, head of Herbert Smith’s corporate practice in Asia, formerly executive director for corporate finance at the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).

“There are clear policy reasons and pressures in China to improve the quality of the Shanghai market in all kinds of dimensions and one of those dimensions is to bring in quality companies.”

Facing the prospect of fewer mainland listings, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange is making efforts to be more geographically inclusive – it has already amended its 2007-09 strategic plan to include “the rest of Asia,” and marketing trips are being made to unfamiliar places.

“We have been to Vietnam because we have heard that some of the companies are seeking funding overseas,” said Fok. “We have also been to Kazakhstan, Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea. We have introduced our market to places we would not have thought doing so a year ago, such as Russia.”

In the past, the stock exchange’s attention has been so single-mindedly focused on China that insufficient information has been passed to other potential share-issuers, according to Jamie Allen, secretary-general of the Asian Corporate Governance Association.

“The exchange has not spent a lot of time marketing itself around the world and, as a result, there is a misconception that Hong Kong is not open for listings beyond the six approved jurisdictions – Hong Kong, China, Bermuda, the Caymans, Australia and Canada,” he said.

It is also argued that, having lived off a diet of mainland IPOs for so long, the exchange is not in the best of shape.

“Hong Kong has become too dependent on these big IPOs,” said Ben Simpfendorfer, a Hong Kong-based economist with Royal Bank of Scotland. “They make things look good when in fact there are still problems. Hong Kong doesn’t have a developed bond market, it doesn’t attract hedge funds and, unlike Singapore, it has no large private wealth industry.”

Singapore, which leads the region in currency trading, was also cited as the one to watch by Bank of East Asia Chairman David Li at the unveiling of the action agenda that came out of the summit on Hong Kong’s development within the context of China’s 11th Five-Year Plan.

Li, who convened the summit’s working group on financial services, also warned that Hong Kong was too dependent on IPOs, bemoaning its lack of a commodities futures market.

As far as financial services are concerned, the action agenda calls on Beijing to use Hong Kong as a testing ground for renminbi convertibility and as a location for a Chinese currency futures and options market, measures that would build on the already approved sale of renminbi-denominated bonds in the territory.

COOPERATIVE EFFORTS

Another provision in the agenda is closer integration with the mainland markets.

Working Groups have been set up, tasked with finding ways to facilitate A- and H-share dual listings as well as ironing out differences in secondary market procedures and information disclosure.

A breakthrough was also made recently on enforcement, as the SFC struck a deal with the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) that will enable it to request assistance from its mainland counterpart in obtaining information in China. What’s more, the CSRC can pursue court action if the required information is not surrendered.

“This has been an ongoing problem,” said Allen. “Hong Kong authorities cannot just go into China and investigate cases, compel witnesses to come forward. This more proactive agreement to help one another is a big step forward.”

original report from BusinessWeek.com

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8 House Church Leaders Detained in 2 Provinces of China

Posted by Author on June 27, 2007


China Aid Association, Jun 26 2007-

Midland, Texas (June 27, 2007)- CAA learned that eight house church leaders have been being detained in Shandong and Shaanxi povinces in June 2007.

According to reliable sources from both church leaders and the relatives of the detainees, at 10:30am, June 9, 2007, 12 church leaders were arrested while they were distributing Bibles in a market place in Jiaocheng county, Shaanxi province.

4 of them were released at the same day while the rest of them were transferred to Jiaocheng Detention center at 4am on June 10. On June 15, 6 more church leaders were released from their detention center without any legal paper or explanation from the PSB.

The other two detained pastors, pastor Zhou Jieming and pastor Niu Wenbin were accused as “suspects of using evil cult to obtruct of the enforcement of the law” and put in criminal detention. Their houses were searched without showing search warrants on June 10 and 12 respectively.

Eyewitness reports to CAA that many bibles and other Christian literatures were confiscated. The PSB officers told the family members of the detained pastors that “any religious activities without permission from the government Religious Afairs Bureau is regarded as evil cult activities.”

Church leaders fear that these two detained pastors could face up to three years re-education through labor sentence.

Meanwhile, since June 15 2007, six House church leaders in Shandong province have been being detained. Church sources told CAA that at 4pm on June 15, while having a house church worship service at Zhangba village, Wulou town, Cao county, six House church leaders were taken away by the PSB of Cao county.

Among them, pastor Zhang Gaiming(43-year-old) and pastor Sun Qingwen(43-year-old) were from Shangqiu county, Shandong province while the other four pastors inculding Ms. Peng Yufeng(42-year-old) and pastor Zhao Yongsheng (50-year-old) are local house church pastors. The names of the other two detainees were not available. All of the six are detained in Cao County Detention center. They are threatened to be sent to re-education through labor camp if they refused to pay 10,000 yuan($1500).

CAA appeals to the Chinese authorities to unconditionally release these 8 innocent house church leaders.
© Issued by CAA on June 27, 2007.

– original report from  China Aid Association: 8 House Church Leaders Detained in Shandong and Shaanxi

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China Rights Defender Detained For Overseas Media Report

Posted by Author on June 24, 2007


By Fang Xiao, Epoch Times Staff, Jun 23, 2007-

CHINA—Shandong human rights defender, Ma Shiping, was arrested by the local police for sending a newspaper report from the Chinese Epoch Times (ET) to Wang Zhonglin, the Party Chief of Tengzhou City Committee, Shandong Province. Local media worker Qi Chonghuai, was also harassed by the police for providing Ma’s contact to The Epoch Times .

The Chinese Epoch Times report was about the life of a soldier’s family member who was beaten by a government official in Shandong Province. “Ma Shiping is an upright person,” Qi Chonghuai, a correspondent of Legal System Morning Post (Fazhi Zaobao) in Shandong Province, told an ET reporter. “He’s a local warrior for exposing the corruption. Thus, all the officials and committee members of Tengzhou City are afraid of him,” Qi said.

Ma sent the report to the Party Chief, hoping the committee would solve the problem exposed in the Epoch Times report. Not long afterwards Ma went missing. Ma’s friends looked everywhere only to find he had been detained on June 16 and is now facing a jail sentence. Now the local people are trying very hard to rescue him and hope The Epoch Times will expose the news to the public since other Chinese national media will not be able to report it.

Ma’s friend told the ET reporter that Ma is a retired soldier. He has always defended disadvantaged groups against injustices so he is quite influential among the local people. Ma’s wife received a Criminal Detention Document on June 19 stating that Ma is at Tengzhou City Detention Center currently, and is going to be sentenced. All of his friends are worried about him. Some of his friends have been and continue to be harassed and are under surveillances from the city Public Security Bureau (PSB).

Qi told the ET reporter that two plainclothes criminal investigation policemen from Tengzhou City appeared in his office in Jinan City at 4:00 p.m. on June 19. They were rude and irrational. They demanded Qi come to the police office with them but Qi declined. So they called the local police office and asked them to summons Qi. The local police office could not do it because they did not have the document from Tengzhou City PSB.

In Qi’s office, the two policemen began their interrogation, by yelling, “Who provided the lead to The Epoch Times newspaper? How could The Epoch Times report the news? Who’s the reporter? What’s your relationship with Ma?”

Qi told them, “Ma is my friend. I provided the news story to The Epoch Times . And I’ll provide more to The Epoch Times tomorrow, including what you’ve done today.” They took his words down and threatened him, “You’ll be in trouble if you do so.” Qi said that they seemed to know clearly that The Epoch Times is an overseas medium. Qi told the ET reporter that his telephone, cell phone, and computer are now being monitored.

The ET reporter called Tengzhou City PSB several times on June 20 but was told to call the propaganda department, and when he did no one answered the phone. The reporter then called Tengzhou City Committee, and was told their leader was not available and he was in a meeting.

original report from the Epoch Times

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