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(photos) China’s Public Shaming Rallies Recall Maoist-Era Tactics

Posted by Author on November 18, 2010


By Lou Ya, Via The Epochtimes, Nov. 17, 2010 –

In a scene that could have been lifted from the Cultural Revolution, 17 Chinese villagers who petitioned against government land-grabs were recently subjected to a public humiliation session by district officials, in Ankang City, Shaanxi Province.

(photo) A public, Cultural Revolution-style shaming session in Ankang City, Nov. 2, 2010

A public, Cultural Revolution-style shaming session in Ankang City, China, Nov. 2, 2010

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Nearly-completed residential building collapse kills eight workers in China

Posted by Author on October 4, 2010


AFP, Oct 3, 2010 –

BEIJING — A four-storey residential building under construction in northern China collapsed, killing eight workers and injuring three others, state media reported on Sunday.

The nearly-completed building collapsed in the city of Xian early Saturday and more than 300 rescue personnel worked until 3 am Sunday (1900 GMT Saturday) to free survivors, Xinhua news agency reported. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top EU Official Asks China to Account for Missing Chinese Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

Posted by Author on February 10, 2010


Human Rights in China, Feb. 10, 2010-

In a statement issued on February 9, 2010, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, asked the Chinese government to “clarify without delay the situation of Gao Zhisheng and to open a fully independent and transparent investigation into his disappearance.” Following is the full text of the statement.

EUROPEAN UNION
Brussels, 9 February 2010
A 15/10

Statement by HR Catherine Ashton, on human rights in China

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, made today the following statement:

“The EU notes with concern that on 4th February 2010, one year passed since the prominent human rights lawyer Mr Gao Zhisheng disappeared from his home town in Shaanxi province. During the last year, the EU has repeatedly called on the Chinese government, at the highest level and including during its bi-annual dialogue on Human Rights, to reveal the whereabouts of Mr Gao, to give Mr Gao access to a lawyer and to allow Mr Gao to maintain contact with his family.

The EU is especially concerned at recent reports that Mr Gao has “gone missing”. In this context, the EU urges China to clarify without delay the situation of Gao Zhisheng and to open a fully independent and transparent investigation into his disappearance.”

This statement is also available online at the EU website.

Human Rights in China

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Oil Spill From Broken Pipeline Threatens China’s Yellow River

Posted by Author on January 4, 2010


NTDTV, Jan. 4, 2010-

39,000 gallons of diesel oil spilled into the Wei River last Wednesday.

The leak was from a pipeline owned by China National Petroleum Corporation in northwestern Shaanxi Province.

Concerns are high because the Wei River is a tributary of the Yellow River, a major source of water for millions of people.

According to state television reports, the Yellow River and other sources of water have not been contaminated by the spill.

But diesel has been found in water 20 miles from the leak, and residents have been warned against using any of the river water.

A preliminary investigation showed that the pipeline damage was caused by construction work by a third party.

China periodically faces spills into rivers that result in water supplies being cut off.

The most serious incident was in 2005 when an explosion at an industrial plant sent toxic chemicals streaming into the Songhua River. That forced the shutdown of water supplies to nearly four million people.

Run-off from heavy fertilizer use, industrial waste and untreated sewage also caused a foul-smelling algae bloom on a lake in Jiangsu Province in 2007 that left tap water undrinkable in a city of more than two million people.

NTDTV

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Family Plea for Missing Prominent Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng

Posted by Author on November 26, 2009


Radio Free Asia, 2009-11-26 –

HONG KONG–The family of a prominent civil rights lawyer who has been missing for more than nine months has called on the Chinese government to give them news of his whereabouts, saying that his sister had now also lost contact with the rest of the family.

Civil rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was last seen in public in February, 2009 after reporting repeated kidnappings, detentions, surveillance and beatings at the hands of the authorities.

“Even if Gao Zhisheng had committed a terrible crime, his family would still have the right to know what had happened to him,” Gao’s brother Gao Zhiyi said in an interview.

“For every question, there are three unknowns. No-one knows anything,” he said. “They won’t talk to us and they won’t meet with us,” he said.

Gao Zhiyi added that his Shandong-based sister, who had also been under police surveillance at her home, had now stopped communicating with the rest of the family.

“His sister hasn’t called us or contacted us,” he said, adding that he had refused previous interview requests for fear that his brother would feel the repercussions.

Hong Kong Democratic legislator Albert Ho, who has led a campaign of lawyers calling for Gao’s release, said the group had written to U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of his state visit to China.

“We called on him to pay attention to our concerns about the safety of Gao Zhisheng,” Ho said.

“We are not going to let this drop. We have also written to the U.S. government asking for a reply now that Obama has left.”

Gao’s whereabouts have remained unclear for months after he was subjected to a secret trial by the authorities on unspecified subversion charges in 2006.

Lauded by China’s own Justice Ministry as one of China’s Top 10 lawyers in 2001 for his pro bono work in helping poor people sue government officials over corruption and mistreatment, Gao was once a member of the ruling Chinese Communist Party. He resigned from the Party in 2005.

Gao’s fortunes took a sharp downturn after he wrote an open letter to President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao in October 2005 slamming the continuing persecution of practitioners of Falun Gong, a banned spiritual movement.

Chinese lawyers who have defended members of the Falun Gong say they are forbidden to defend their clients on the proper application of law or the nature of the incident.

According to Jiang Tianyong, a defense lawyer for Gao who has himself been prevented from practising by authorities in Beijing, the entire legal profession is under increasing strain when it comes to defending the constitutional rights of individuals. “I and other human rights attorneys in China are suffering an increasing level of harassment, suppression, and persecution [by the government], because we serve as defense counsels in cases of safeguarding the freedom of religious belief,” Jiang testified in front of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Oct. 29.

Radio Free Asia

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Eviction Protests Quashed in Northwest China

Posted by Author on November 28, 2008


Radio Free Asia, 2008-11-26 –

Authorities in Xingping, in China’s northern Shaanxi province, have launched a major campaign to evict villagers from their homes to make way for the expansion of a chemical plant.

HONG KONG— Authorities in the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi have launched a crackdown on villagers who blockaded a fertilizer plant in protest at plans to resettle them to make way for its expansion.

“At one time, the villagers totally blocked the entrance to the fertilizer plant, which caused a big stir,” a source close to the situation said. “There were some journalists there taking pictures but no reports were ever published. A lot of police and armed police were mobilized.”

The crackdown began around three weeks ago, he said. “The municipal Party secretary and the mayor both came to the scene to talk to the people. They promised that the expansion would be temporarily halted and the incident would be forgotten.”

More than 1,000 residents of Xiaofu village, Xingping city, are complaining about forced evictions with insufficient compensation and a lack of due process amid plans to expand a fertilizer plant owned by the Shaanxi Xinghua Chemical Co.

Reports have been posted online by netizens who say they are residents of Xiaofu village protesting the expansion. Those reports said villagers were offered compensation of 50,000 yuan (U.S.$7,300) per person.

However, the dispute arose over the fact that compensation issues were still not fully agreed when demolition gangs began moving in, the online reports said……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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China hospital’s cover up of 8 new baby death triggers widespread anger

Posted by Author on October 8, 2008


Reuters, Tue Oct 7, 2008-

BEIJING (Reuters) – Nine Chinese hospital officials have been fired, including the president and a vice president, after eight newborn babies died from infection, state media said on Tuesday in the latest health scandal to hit the country.

The No. 1 Hospital, affiliated with the medical school of Xi’an Jiaotong University in northwest Shaanxi province, had compensated parents of the babies who died last month, but the infants’ deaths were kept quiet for days.

Doctors who treated the newborns were suspended from work, pending investigation, Xinhua news agency said.

“The eight babies died between September 5 and 15 of a hospital-acquired infection. Their deaths were not reported to health authorities until too late,” Xinhua said.

“The deaths triggered widespread anger after being revealed to the public September 25.”

The hospital refused to comment, saying it would give a formal reply to the media at “some other time,” Xinhua said.

Health authorities blamed the accident on the hospital’s lax management, inefficient execution of regulations and irresponsible medical staff.

The hospital, one of the biggest in northwest China, said on its website it launched a safety overhaul on September 27.

China is battling a scandal over tainted infant milk formula that has crowded hospitals with close to 13,000 children suffering kidney problems and other complications.

Four have died from the milk poisoning, which a dairy company and local officials did not report to senior officials and to the public for months.

Reuters

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(photos) Special color cloud on sky in west China before earthquake

Posted by Author on May 13, 2008


Photos from Internet-

color cloud in Baoji City, may 12, 2008

Above: photo shot at 13:34 on May 12, 2008, just one hour before the earthquake, in Baoji City, Shaanxi province, west China, close to Xichuan province. (Posted on Netease website.)

Above: Shot at 13:11 on May. 12, 2008 in Mei Xian County, Shaanxi province, west China, close to Xichuan province. (Posted on Netease website)

cloud in Tianshui, Gansu province

Above: Shot in Tianshui City, Gansu province, Northwest China. (posted on Tianshui Online website)

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China: 130 Smelt Workers Fired After Blood Tests Show High Lead Levels

Posted by Author on March 19, 2008


The Epoch Times, Mar 16, 2008-According to a report by the China Philanthropy Times, over 130 workers from a smelting plant located in Shaanxi Province were fired after blood tests confirmed high levels of lead in their blood.

In the report, one worker in his 40s, Zhang Hansen, blood tests showed a lead level of 1124 µg/L. A normal amount of lead would be less than 400 µg/L (1.9 µmol/L). He has worked in the Shaanxi Metal Mines Company smelting plant for the past nine years, and in a high lead vapor and dust environment. He is now in the hospital and is extremely weak.

Currently, there are more than 130 workers in the company exhibiting varying degrees of high lead levels in their blood. Through blood tests, it was found that the lowest was around 500 µg/L, but 90 percent had blood lead levels that were higher than 600 µg/L.

Zhang Hansen said, “The company made many attempts to create a green environment three years ago. The results were poor and none of the trees that were planted survived.”

According to hospital staff, these workers suffer from chronic lead poisoning. Treatment for lead poisoning includes administering medication to help flush out the lead and supplements to replenish other minerals such as calcium and iron that are flushed out along with the lead.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Most worker’s blood test results are normal.” When asked why it had become so serious at this time, he suggested: “It’s probably because the out-of-date facilities at the hospital led to inaccurate test results.”

The workers who were fired have applied to the Feng County Labor Dispute Arbitration Committee to have the company pay their pensions, medical insurance, and housing savings funds. They also asked that the company provide expert medical treatment for their occupational disease and to reimburse any related costs and losses.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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Double Challenge to Communist Rule in China

Posted by Author on January 1, 2008


By Mure Dickie and Jamil Anderlini in Beijing, The Financial Times, December 26 2007-

In two highly unusual public challenges to core tenets of Communist rule in China, an academic has announced the launch of a democratic opposition party and farmers in four provinces have claimed ownership of land seized by local authorities.

Former Nanjing university professor Guo Quan on Wednesday claimed his “New Democracy party” enjoyed widespread backing for its goal of ending Communist “one-party dictatorship” and introducing multi-party elections. “We must join the global trend,” Mr Guo said. “China must move toward a democratic system.”

Separately, farmers in the provinces of Heilongjiang, Shaanxi, Jiangsu and the city of Tianjin have announced on the internet that they have reclaimed collective land from the government and redistributed it.

Collective land ownership is one of the foundations of the Communist state. But one of the main sources of unrest in China in recent years has been the seizure of land that is then sold to developers who often work with officials to make huge profits.

Authorities have already detained at least eight of the activists behind the internet statements, people familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.

China routinely detains or jails people whom officials judge to pose a threat to Communist party rule and has dealt harshly with past attempts to set up opposition groups.

In 1998 authorities detained dozens of people involved in setting up the “China Democracy party”. Some of its main organisers were sentenced to more than 10 years in jail.

This month’s land claims break new ground by appearing to be co-ordinated across widely separated regions of the country and by being based on presumed individual property rights.

On December 16, police in the northern province of Shaanxi detained Zhang Sanmin, Cheng Sizhong and Xi Xinji on suspicion of incitement to overthrow the state. The detentions came four days after they posted an open letter on the internet claiming to have asserted rights over 10,000 hectares of land in the name of 70,000 farmers.

That action came less than a week after the detention of Yu Changwu, leader of a group in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang that claimed to represent 40,000 peasants in the reclamation of 100,000 ha of land.

In the eastern province of Jiangsu, two young couples were under effective house arrest after joining a group that asserted ownership of land confiscated by local officials to build hotels, discos and restaurants.

A fourth group in the northern port of Tianjin staked a claim on behalf of more than 8,000 people for 60 ha taken by officials for development.

The announcement of the new party and the land claims follows the release last month by a provincial government adviser, Wang Zhaojun, of a sweeping open letter indicting the nation’s entire political system.

– Original report from The Financial Times: Double challenge to Beijing orthodoxy

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70,000 Farmers in NW China Declare to Take Back Their Expropriated Land

Posted by Author on January 1, 2008


By Gu Qinger, Epoch Times Staff, Dec 26, 2007-

70,000 farmers from the Sanmenxia Reservoir Area on the Yellow River in Shaanxi Province unanimously decided to make a nationwide announcement, proclaiming their ownership over the land taken from them.

The farmers posted an online notice on December 12, reclaiming their ownership of 150,000 mu (24,705 acres, 1 mu is about 0.1647 acre) of expropriated land.The notice reads as follows:

“This notice represents the voice of 70,000 evicted farmers, from 76 villages scattered around Dali County, Huayin City, and Tongguan County in Shaanxi. “In the 1950s when the Sanmenxia Reservoir was under construction, we were evicted from our homes and 800,000 mu (131,760 acres) of our farmland was expropriated by local authorities. Through 30 years of bloody resistance by hundreds of thousands of evictees, the State Council returned 300,000 mu (49,410 acres) of land in 1980s to help us settle down.

“But in fact we only received 150,000 mu (24,705 acres) of land; the other 150,000 mu of land which had been officially assigned by the State Council as farmland for evictees was expropriated by officials at all levels in Weinan City, Huayin City, Dali County and Tongguan County for personal profits. The yearly rent of the grabbed land could bring the officials as much as 40 to 60 million yuan (US$5.43 to 8.15 million)income.”

According to Zhang Sanmin, a representative of the evacuees in Huayin, 10,627 evictees signed their names to the notice. Meanwhile, Chen Sizhong and Chi Xinji, representatives of the evictees in Huayin, were detained in early December, being charged with distributing leaflets and exercising influence through public opinion.

Mr. Chen, on behalf of the evictees, said that local officials expropriated farmers’ land under various names, and publicly carved up the land. On the other hand, the per capita arable land of the evictees was less than two mu. To make a living, the evictees were forced to pay officials a high rent for the land which was originally theirs.

Xu Lianzhong, on behalf of Dali County, said that the land distributed to farmers was saline-alkali soil, poor for cultivation, while fertile land was occupied by local officials. The land-leasing fee for one mu of farming land is over 600 yuan ($81.5). The evictees now have difficulty making ends meet. Parents can not afford to send their children to school, while the sick and elderly have no money for medication. The farmers have made appeals for their land deprivation for decades, but in vain.

Every year representatives of the evictees travel to Beijing to appeal to higher authorities, but are intercepted when they arrive and sent back to home. Because of asking for their lost land, nearly 50 farmers and representatives are being detained; two representatives were sentenced to one year in prison, while three representatives were so mistreated during their imprisonment―having been deprived of food and water―they died of illness after their release.

In the notice, the evictees declared their ownership over 150,000 mu of land which they are currently contracting. The land shall be used and owned by the farmers for generations. The farmers also claimed their rights to the other 150,000 mu of land which had been expropriated by local officials at all levels. They would organize all the farmers to equally divide the land among themselves, based on per capita farming area, to bring an end to unwarranted land seizures.

In the past decade the appropriation of more than one billion yuan ($136 million) for settlement of evictees had been embezzled and misappropriated by officials. The farmers would certainly investigate these criminal behaviors, said the notice.

Liu Caomin said that the land was passed down by their ancestors and was considered the farmers’ very life; without land, they could not survive. The authorities gave the evictees little compensation, while the local officials carved up the land or sold it for personal interests. The local authorities misappropriated the budget for the settlement of evictees to construct luxurious office buildings and residences for officials; land was the origin of the officials’ corrupt behavior, said Liu.

The evictees say they got inspiration from a similar action taken by farmers in Fujin City, Heilongjiang Province to reclaim land, which was unlawfully expropriated from them.

Some 40,000 landless farmers in Heilongjiang’s Fujin declared their ownership of 1.5 million mu (247,050 acres) of land expropriated by local authorities. The Shaanxi farmers will also take legal action to retrieve their stolen land.

Original report from the Epoch Times

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China Detains Farmers Urging Land Privatization on Subversion Charges

Posted by Author on December 31, 2007


Reuters, Mon Dec 24, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has detained at least three farmers on subversion charges for making bold calls for private land ownership in the countryside, an attempt to curb land seizures by corrupt officials, their families said on Monday.

Police in Huayin in the northwestern province of Shaanxi made the “criminal detentions” earlier this month, suspecting the three of “inciting to subvert state power”, Ruan Xiuqin, wife of Chen Sizhong, one of the farmers, told Reuters by telephone.

Chen, Zhang Sanmin and Xi Xinji were among the six peasants who signed an open letter declaring that 70,000 farmers in the region enjoyed permanent private ownership of 10,000 hectares of collective land, said Ruan and Liu Cuiying, Zhang’s wife.

“We reject the previous form of collective ownership. It cannot guarantee the farmers’ permanent rights to the land … and cannot prevent the illegal infringement by officials and thugs,” reads the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

China’s constitution stipulates that for its 750 million rural dwellers, farm land is owned either by the state or by the collective — normally in the form of a village or a township.

Under the collective ownership system, farmers are vulnerable to land being expropriated by local officials who pocket the gains, a practice which has incited some of the country’s most violent protests in recent years.

But peasant complaints in the past have revolved around compensation standards, corruption and lack of transparency, rather than challenging the collective ownership policy itself.

It is not known how many locals really support their land claims, but farmers in at least two other provinces have recently made similar appeals on private ownership.

Yu Changwu from the northeastern province of Heilongjiang has urged the ruling Communist Party to honor its “revolutionary ideals and pledges” and hand land back to the farmers.

“We peasants have been fed up with the fate of being plundered and trampled on … Only by truly owning the land can we have a secure life,” Yu and another farmer wrote in a separate open letter.

Beijing launched violent land reforms after the Communist revolution in 1949, benefiting many poor farmers, but radical collectivization soon followed.

Individual farming was reintroduced in the 1980s, but rural residents still only enjoy “usage rights” under long leases, rather than full ownership.

Land privatization is a sensitive subject for the Communist government, which despite market reforms of the past 30 years still has ideological concerns.

The government also fears the prospect of a mass sell-off of rural land to developers that could leave tens of millions of people landless and threaten food security.

Yu, the Heilongjiang farmer, said more than 900 farmers in his native village in Fujin had already taken back and redistributed about 1,000 hectares of collective land among themselves. The claim could not be independently verified.

A source told Reuters that Yu had also been detained by local police. Repeated calls to government offices in Heilongjiang and Shaanxi either went unanswered or officials reached declined to comment on Monday.

– Original report from Reuters: China detains farmers urging land privatization

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Lawyer Gao Zhisheng’s First Contact with Outside World Since His Unlawful Arrest

Posted by Author on November 4, 2007


By Gu Qinger, Epoch Times Staff, Nov 02, 2007-

Hu Jia, Beijing-based AIDS activist, received a phone call from Gao Zhisheng, China’s most prominent human rights lawyer, at approximately 9:30 p.m. on October 28.

It was the first time Gao has contacted the outside world since being secretly arrested by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) regime’s authorities on September 22.

Not long before that, Gao wrote an open letter to members of the U.S. Congress condemning the CCP for having increased the persecution of religious and human rights defenders before the 2008 Olympic Games scheduled to be held in Beijing.

Hu Jia told our reporter, “I got a phone call from an unknown number on the night of October 28. The area code belongs to Xian City, Shaanxi Province. I recognized lawyer Gao’s voice right away. I’m very familiar with his northern Shaanxi accent. I was very excited and called out: ‘Lawyer Gao!'”

Mr. Hu reported their conversation, which lasted only one and a half minutes.

Gao warned Hu Jia not to take risks to visit his family, otherwise, the authorities would seek revenge against him. Hu reported, “Lawyer Gao asked me not to go. He also asked me to think more about my family and take good care of Zeng Jinyan and our unborn baby right now.”

Hu told Gao that “Although I’m in unlawful detention, the first thing I’ll do after I get freedom is to visit your wife and Gege (Gao’s daughter).”

Gao repeated, “I know you won’t listen to me on this, but you’d better not go.” Hu Jia responded,”Your wife and kids are all in fear.” Gao replied, “They should be better now.” Gao also told Hu that he would be staying in Shaanxi Province and Shanxi Province for a while to take care of something.

Hu passed on the news to Gao that Huang Yan, a Hubei Province-based human rights defender and Gao’s close family friend, was violently kidnapped by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau’s “National Security” Squad on September 22. She was released on October 23, after a one-month detention at Jin Zhou City, Hubei Province. Gao replied, “Please relay my thanks to her for what she has done. I have to go.” The phone call was then cut off.

Hu Jia pointed out, “Under these circumstances, the main purpose of the authorities allowing Gao to call me was to relieve the pressure from the outside to save lawyer Gao. The authorities also did this to cut off my connection with him. As Gao mentioned clearly for me to cut off the contact with his family, this is the most important thing to the authorities.”

Hu Jia said he was relieved to hear Gao Zhisheng’s voice again. He is optimistic about Gao’s situation. He predicts that Gao will go back to Beijing and be together with his family soon.

Gao Zhisheng wrote one open letter to the National Peoples’ Congress in 2004 and two open letters to Hu Jintao and Wen Jibao in 2005, before his open letter to the members of the U.S. Congress, requesting that they stop the persecution toward Falun Gong practitioners. In December 2006, he was sentenced to three years in prison for “subversion of the state,” with a five-year “suspended sentence,” and denial of all of his constitutional rights, such as freedom of speech and free association, for one year. Gao and his family have been under strict surveillance by the authorities ever since, and they have been repeatedly harassed. Thugs have beaten his daughter, apparently under the direction of someone—or some faction of—the CCP.

– Original report from the Epochtimes: Gao Zhisheng’s First Contact with Outside World Since His Unlawful Secret Arrest

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China’s terracotta warriors masked by Eco protestor in London

Posted by Author on October 18, 2007


AFP, Oct.16, 2007-
LONDON (AFP) — An environmental protestor put anti-pollution face masks on at least two of China’s terracotta warriors at an exhibition in London, to highlight China’s pollution record, a report said Monday.

Martin Wyness jumped over barriers to place the masks bearing the slogan “CO2 emission polluter” on the warriors, some 20 of whom have been on display at the British Museum since last month, the Evening Standard reported.

“I did it because I have got two children and I am very very concerned about the global inaction over climate change, particularly what is happening in China,” he told the paper, which printed pictures of the be-masked warriors.

The 49-year-old, who staged the protest during a visit to the museum with his daughters Ruby and Sophie, was dragged away by security guards.

“I saw the man climb over the barriers. He was totally calm and silent. None of the security staff had any idea what was going on,” witness Amelia Hanratty told the paper.

“They only found out when a member of the public alerted them. Two dashed over and frogmarched him away. He could have damaged the soldiers but he didn’t do anything to them except put on the masks.”

A Chinese official accompanying the warriors during the show is checking the statues, while Wyness has been banned from the British Museum for life.

– Original report from AFP: Eco protestor puts masks on China’s terracotta warriors

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2,000 Former Soldiers Rioted in 3 China Cities Over Poor Living Conditions

Posted by Author on September 13, 2007


Reuters, Via Toronto Star, Canada, Sep 12, 2007 –

BEIJING–About 2,000 former soldiers rioted in three Chinese cities last week over poor conditions in railway vocational schools where they were retraining, a rights group said.

Nearly 1,000 smashed equipment and set fires in their school in Baotou in Inner Mongolia and clashed with hundreds of police. At least 20 people were injured and five were arrested, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said yesterday.

Similar riots occurred in Baoji, in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, and Wuhan, capital of Hubei province in central China, on the same day, Sept. 3, the centre said in a faxed statement.

“Food in the schools is bad and expensive. The dormitories have no electrical outlets and the students need to pay to recharge their cellphones,” it said.

An official at the Baoji school refused to confirm details, saying only that “everything has returned to normal.

“It was not a big deal, and things like that happen on campus a lot. But it was exaggerated by some people,” he said. “I do not want to say anything more about it, because it would not be good for our school’s reputation.”

The Wuhan school would not comment. Phones at the Baotou school were disconnected.

An official at the Railway Ministry declined to comment.

The simultaneous incidents, in which school property was smashed or set on fire, were organized by some of the former soldiers, the centre said.

The rioters were among 6,000 discharged troops the ministry recruited in July to be trained at 12 railway vocational schools across the country, it said.

Troops discharged from the People’s Liberation Army used to be offered good posts in the government or the police, but reforms in recent years have meant most of them have been left on their own after being demobilized, fuelling discontent.

It is rare in China for co-ordinated protests to hit several cities simultaneously, demonstrating the power of cellphones and the Internet, the Hong Kong-based group added.

– Report from Toronto Star: 2,000 retired soldiers riot over poor living conditions

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Corrupt China Official Felled by 11 Mistresses

Posted by Author on September 8, 2007


Reuters, Sep 7, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – A corrupt senior Chinese official was denounced by his 11 mistresses after some of their husbands were sentenced to death for graft, state media said on Friday.

The news comes just days after a senior provincial Communist Party official was executed for blowing up his mistress with a car bomb.

“Second wives” are common among government officials and businessmen in China and are often blamed for driving men to seek money through bribes or other abuses of power.

Pang Jiayu, 63, former deputy head of the provincial political advisory body in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, was sacked and expelled from the Communist Party for graft, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Pang did not expect that he would be brought down by his own 11 mistresses,” the official People’s Daily said in a report carried on its Web site.

Pang, who was also Party boss of Baoji city, had lured several women, mostly “pretty and young” wives of his subordinates, to be his mistresses, it said.

He helped them “make big money” by assigning them or their husbands huge government or other financial projects, it added.

In one water-diversion project in which Pang’s wife and mistresses were involved, water pipes exploded and collapsed only half a year after completion, it said.

The mistresses decided to denounce Pang to the Party after some of their husbands were sentenced to death for graft in cases related to Pang. …… ( more details from Reuters)

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China Primary School Headmaster Jailed For Raping 2 Girls

Posted by Author on September 3, 2007


Reuters, Sep 3, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese teacher who raped two elementary school girls and harassed another four has been jailed for 14 years and six months, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Li Jianguo, 49, headmaster of a rural primary school in Chenggu county in the northwester province of Shaanxi, was convicted of crimes committed from October of last year to May 2007.

“Li lured the six girls back to his office under the pretext of one-on-one tutoring before harassing them. He raped two of the girls,” Xinhua said, citing the court verdict.

In June, a Chinese middle school teacher in Gansu province was sentenced to death for raping 18 schoolgirls over a period of less than four years, Xinhua said at the time.

– Original report from Reuters : Chinese primary school headmaster jailed for rap

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China Suffers Severe Drought and Floods in July

Posted by Author on August 14, 2007


By Xin Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 11, 2007-

Recent climate anomalies in China has caused ceaseless droughts in some areas and continuous floods in other places. Experts have pointed out that the global greenhouse effect and other human factors were the main reasons for the disasters.

Continuous droughts and high temperatures have been afflicting many areas including Hunan, Jiangxi, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Xinjiang, Fujian provinces and Shanghai City, with Jiangxi and Hunan being the hardest hit. The drought in the mid-eastern part of Inner Mongolia has lasted a long time, and the situation keeps worsening.

According to the latest official figures, this year 23 million acres of cultivated area suffered from the droughts, which is 2.7 million acres higher than average. The droughts affected 21.7 million acres of crops, among which 7.8 million acres are severely affected, and 1.4 million acres completely withered. The drought has also caused a fresh water shortage for 5.88 million people and 4.7 million cattle.

Since this summer, heavy rainfalls have caused floods in many parts of China, especially in Chongqing City as well as Sichuan, Guizhou, Xinjiang, Guangxi and Hubei provinces. So far the flood has killed nearly 700 people, affected 120 million, and caused US$7 billion economic losses.

Jiangxi is experiencing the worst drought in 50 years, with 1.06 million people facing a drinking water shortage, and 1.3 million acres of crops affected by the drought. The drought is still worsening, and is spreading quickly from the middle to the rest of the province.

According to latest figures, from April 1 to July 30 this year, the average rainfalls in Jiangxi is 594 mm, 32 percent below that in the same period of past years, and 20 percent blow that in the same period of 2003.

In Hunan Province the drought has continued for four weeks, which omens a dry autumn. Several million people are facing a drinking water crisis. Rainfall is down by 25 percent compared to previous years, leaving half of the two million water reservoir facilities empty.

According to the Hunan Meteorological Bureau’s forecast, the temperate will reach up to 40° C (104° F) in most of August.

Since June, high temperatures and low rainfall have affected the northeast Heilongjiang and some other areas in the province. The provincial Sanjiang Plain area is afflicted by a summer drought, which has not occurred in that area for many years. Some areas experienced over 40 continuous rainless days. A lot of farmlands are covered with a 30-centimeter (11.8 inches) deep layer of dry soil.

In Fuzhou, capital city of Fujian Province, high temperature as lasted for 31 days by July 30, the longest period since the city’s first official weather record was made in 1880. In many other parts of Fujian, hot weather has also lasted for 26 to 35 days.

In Zhejiang the continuous hot weather has lead to water shortages in many places and the situation is becoming more serious.

Recently Shanghai has suffered continuous hot days with temperature as high as 39° C (102° F) or even higher.

According to a meteorological department report, Shanghai’s temperature peeked at 39.6° C (103° F) on July 29. The last time Shanghai had the same temperature was on July 25, 2003, and it broke a 63 years’ record.

So far nearly 700 people have died as a result of the flood, lightning and mudslides across China. The flood has affected up to 120 million people with economic losses amounting to $7 billion.

Chongqing City recently was hit by the heaviest rainfalls in the century. Millions of people were affected and nearly 100 were killed or missing. The losses reached 2.978 billion yuan ($0.39 billion).

Guangxi Province was also hit by continuous torrential rainfalls, resulting in mountain torrents and river flooding which affected 8.3 million people and caused a direct economic loss of 9.84 million yuan ($1.3 million).

From July 27 to 31, heavy rains hit Sanmenxia City of Henan Province, the south part of Shanxi Province, middle southern parts of Shannxi Province. Serious rainstorms and landslides have occurred in many areas. According to preliminary statistics, 57 people were killed and 43 were missing as of August 10.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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China Closed 2 Tibetan Literary Websites

Posted by Author on July 13, 2007


Radio free Asia, 2007.07.10-

HONG KONG—Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Xian have closed a literary Web site run by a Tibetan, apparently for posting “political” content, the editor said.

The site, known as “The Lamp,” claimed some 800 registered forum users. It was closed July 4 by Internet police in the city, the editor told RFA’s Tibetan service.

“When we called the [service provider], they thought perhaps it was due to the detection of political content by the Chinese Internet police,” the editor said, adding that the Chinese service provider was unsure of the reasons for closure.

An official who answered the phone at the state-owned Xian Technology Ltd, a company that sells and distributes Web sites, declined to comment on the case.

The site, which comprised a main Web site, weblog, and discussion forum, employed the editor, a technician, and an administrative assistant, the editor said.

One contributor to the site said its closure had distressed the Tibetan community it served.

“The sudden closure of this Web site has disappointed many young Tibetan readers. Many have already expressed their disappointment on another Web site called ‘Tibetan Language.’ Several college students called and informed me how they miss our Web site,” he said.

Another site closed

“Usually the Chinese authorities are very suspicious of Tibetan Web sites. They suspect political activities when we run Web sites in Tibetan. They think that Tibetans inside and outside China use these forums for separatist actions.”

The editor said another Tibetan-language site he edited, “China’s Tibetan Residential Education Network,” was closed at the same time.

“The Chinese government issued rules on July 1 requiring …the name of an author [to appear] at the end of each article posted on a Web site. If the Web site contains articles on sensitive topics, the Web site or the author could be fined 4,000-60,000 yuan (U.S. $526-U.S. $7,893),” he said.

“The topics specified were writings on security, unity of the nation, ethnic unrest, writings against the Constitution and … unity of nationalities,” the editor said.

Political debate in China over the registration and disclosure of authors’ real names on content posted in Chinese cyberspace has continued for more than two years.

The country’s Web watchdog, the Internet Society of China, has published a suggested “self-discipline” code encouraging bloggers and online authors to reveal their true names.

But the move has drawn criticism from some of the biggest Internet service providers, who say anonymity is one of the attractions of blogging and forum participation, and who fear losing large numbers of Chinese customers to overseas service providers.

Detentions reported

According to the Paris-based press freedom group Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), at least 30 journalists and 50 Internet users are currently detained in China, some of them since the 1980s.

“The government blocks access to thousands of news Web sites. It jams the Chinese-, Tibetan-, and Uyghur-language programs of 10 international radio stations. After focusing on Web sites and chat forums, the authorities are now concentrating on blogs and video-sharing sites,” RSF said in a statement on its Web site.

Chinese Internet users who do not use proxy servers are blocked from searching with keywords considered subversive by the country’s Internet police.

Critics are frequently sentenced to jail terms for “divulging state secrets,” “subversion,” and “defamation.”

– Original report from Radio free Asia: Chinese Authorities Close Tibetan Literary Web Site

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Pollution Leaving China Mountains High and Dry, Study Finds

Posted by Author on March 8, 2007


Anne Minard, for National Geographic News, DC, USA, March 8, 2007-

Air pollution from the burning of fossil fuels in China is depriving nearby hills and mountains of rain and snow.

That’s the finding of a new study led by Daniel Rosenfeld, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Jerusalem’s Institute of Earth Sciences, in this week’s issue of the journal Science.

To research the effects of pollution on high-altitude areas, Rosenfeld and his colleagues combined records of visibility, precipitation, and tiny pollution particles in the air—known as aerosols—on Mount Hua, near Xi’an in central China.

The results showed that the aerosols are causing clouds to withhold their moisture in hilly regions.

The findings explain the 10 to 25 percent drop in rainfall that has occurred at higher altitudes downwind of cities compared to lowland areas, the team said.

Aerosols are competing to attract the limited moisture in clouds, which reduces the size of water droplets, Rosenfeld explained. Smaller droplets in turn take more time to combine to form raindrops.

“It creates short-lived clouds,” he said. “You don’t have enough time for rain to fall before they get to the downwind side of the hills.”

Worldwide Phenomenon

Scientists have long suspected a connection between pollution and decreased rainfall in many parts of the world.

But there no solid proof until Rosenfeld hit upon a scientific gold mine in China: records of visibility going back 50 years.

Using that data, his team has made a direct connection between aerosols and rainfall on a local scale that’s been missing from observations in other parts of the world.

“It’s an important story,” said William Woodley, who has been documenting the same effect in the Sierra Nevada mountain range downwind of San Francisco, California, for the California Energy Commission.

“[The new study is] corroborating and buttressing what we’ve been doing in California.”

While some governments have taken steps to limit so-called large-particle emissions, research by Rosenfeld, Woodley, and others is showing that even small particles like aerosols can affect weather both on local and global scales.

Earlier this week, a separate study linked Asian pollution with an increase in storm severity in the Pacific and—perhaps more importantly—changes in global air and heat circulation that may be linked to warming in the polar regions.

(Read the story: “Asia Pollution Changing World’s Weather, Scientists Say” [March 6, 2007].)

Rosenfeld says all of the new studies represent a growing awareness of the effects of human activity on the global climate.

“Here we see there is much more than temperature change and rising sea levels,” he said.

“By polluting the air and clouds we are likely changing our weather patterns and water resources.”

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China Leader Admitted for First Time Regime is Facing Crisis

Posted by Author on January 16, 2007


By Luo Bing, Chengming Monthly Magazine (Chinese), Hongkong, Jan. 1, 2007-

Chinese President Hu Jingtao admitted recently that the Chinese Communist PartyCover, Chengming Monthly, Jan. 1, 2007 (CCP) regime is facing three unprecedented crises: A political crisis, a crisis revolving around social infrastructure, and a crisis concerning overall governance within the regime. Among them, the crisis of governance is the most threatening.

CCP is Faced With Three Unprecedented Crises

It was at the Annual Conference of the 12th Central Committee Political Bureau of 2006 that Hu admitted to the enormous pressure that the ruling party is facing. This pressure comes in the form of three unprecedented crises. These are: a political crisis, a social infrastructure crisis, and a crisis concerning governance. All three of these crises are triggered by and amplified by one another, creating a very difficult situation.

Among the three crises, the one revolving around governance of the regime is most serious. Hu wasted no time in pointing out that the most serious and urgent issue the CCP is facing is the implementation of the party’s principles and policies to the entire country. This is critical in that it is needed to check, reverse, and ultimately solve the crisis. It is directly related to the country’s fate, the interests of 1.3 billion people, and the vitality of the party as a ruling party.

Vice Premier Wu Banguo said at the meeting that the escalation of the governance crisis at the local level had all but destroyed the stability of society, economic development, financial order, and any potential for a harmonious relationship between the people and the government.

Disclosures: 200 to 250 reports regarding political issues, social stability, or accidents submitted by local governments account for half of the various reports every day.

A new trend has appeared recently, which is, more reports are about superstructure, democratic parties, and appealing events in religious circles. For example, legal proceedings against various party committees and government departments are used to put the heads of the respective government departments and legal departments into a passive state.

Premier Wen Jiabao said, “Lawsuits against the party or its government organs from all circles reflect not only the progress in the legal system and its law-making procedures, but also the administrative gap between the party, government organizations, and the law, which serves to worsen the crisis in governance.”

Summary of the 31-Province Questionnaire on CCP and its Organizations

The assessment questionnaire of CCP and its organizations of the 31 provinces, autonomous regions and the municipalities directly under the central government are summarized below:

(1) None of them are listed as Category 1 (good, very good, very satisfied), or Category 2 (good, satisfactory).

(2) Category 3 (normal) consists of: Beijing City, Tianjin City, Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province and the Tibet Autonomous Region. Ningxia Muslim Autonomous Region, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Hainan Province.

(3) Category 4 (unsatisfactory, bad) consists of: Liaoning Province, Jilin Province, Guangdong Province, Fujian Province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Shanghai City, Shandong Province, Sichuan Province, Guizhou Province, Gansu Province and other provinces.

(4) Category 5 (very dissatisfied, poor) consists of: Hebei Province, Shanxi Province, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Heilongjiang Province, Anhui Province, Jiangxi Province, Henan Province, Hubei Province, Hunan Province, Chongqing City, Shaanxi Province, Yunnan Province and Qinghai Province. Among them, Henan, Anhui, Shanxi, Hunan received very low points. In the provinces (autonomous regions) which are classified as Category 5 (very dissatisfied, poor), city government, police officers, and the legal system are going through judicial darkness and collusion with the business sector. The society is chaotic and wide gaps have developed between the rich and the poor, resulting in fierce, often violent protests.

The Central Committee of the CCP dispatched teams to 19 provinces (autonomous regions) in light of the current situation.

Central Authorities Have Introduced New Plan For Dealing with Social Gatherings

The Central Committee and State Council of the CCP recently promulgated a number of regulations detailing ways to strictly deal with group activities.

It includes five topics in total. It stresses that the accidents resulting from local governments’ violation of regulations and policies made by the Central Committee of the CCP would be investigated for dereliction of duty. If large-scale protests occur and cause casualties and economic losses, the corresponding people in the local government must be held responsible for serious misconduct and receive criminal prosecution.

The so-called “scale” criterion means above 5000 people in the provincial cities and above 2,000 people in other cities are involved in an accident, or above 20 people wounded, including five or more death in an accident, or with economic losses( direct and indirect) of more than 20 million yuan (about U.S. $ 2.5 million).

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Chengming Monthly Magazine (Chinese) is the most widely read political magazine published in Hong Kong.
– This Article translated from Chinese by the Epochtimes

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CCP Created the Most Fearsome Methods in Persecution in Yan’an

Posted by Author on November 17, 2006


The Epoch Times- This is the second of Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party., On the Beginnings of the Chinese Communist Party

(cont’d)

Rectification in Yan’an—Creating the Most Fearsome Methods in Persecution

The CCP attracted countless patriotic youth to Yan’an in the name of fighting against the Japanese, but persecuted tens of thousands of them during the rectification movement in Yan’an. Since gaining control of China, the CCP has depicted Yan’an as the revolutionary “holy land,” but has not made any mention of the crimes it committed during the rectification.

The rectification movement in Yan’an was the largest, darkest and most ferocious power game ever played out in the human world. In the name of cleansing petty bourgeoisie toxins, the Party washed away morality, independence of thought, freedom of action, tolerance, and dignity. The first step of the rectification was to set up, for each person, personnel archives, which included: 1) a personal statement; 2) a chronicle of one’s political life; 3) family background and social relationships; 4) autobiography and ideological transformation; 5) evaluation according to Party nature.

In the personnel archive, one had to list all acquaintances since birth, all important events and the time and place of their occurrence. People were asked to write repeatedly for the archive, and any omissions would be seen as signs of impurity. One had to describe all social activities they had ever participated in, especially those related to joining the Party. The emphasis was placed on personal thought processes during these social activities. Evaluation based on Party nature was even more important, and one had to confess any anti-Party thoughts or behavior in one’s consciousness, speech, work attitudes, everyday life, or social activities. For example, in evaluation of one’s consciousness, one was required to scrutinize whether one had been concerned for self-interest, whether one had used work for the Party to reach personal goals, whether one had wavered in trust in the revolutionary future, feared death during battles, or missed family members and spouses after joining in the party or the army. There were no objective standards, so nearly everyone was found to have problems.

Coercion was used to extract “confessions” from cadres who were being inspected in order to eliminate “hidden traitors.” Countless frame-ups and false and wrong accusations resulted, and a large number of cadres were persecuted. During the rectification, Yan’an was called “a place for purging human nature.” A work team entered the University of Military Affairs and Politics to examine the cadres’ personal histories, causing Red Terror for two months. Various methods were used to extract confessions, including extemporaneious confessions, demonstrative confessions, “group persuasions,” “five-minute persuasions,” private advice, conference reports, and identifying the “radishes” (i.e., red outside and white inside). There was also “picture taking”—lining up everyone on the stage for examination. Those who appeared nervous were identified as suspects and targeted as subjects to be investigated.

Even representatives from the Comintern recoiled at the methods used during the rectification, saying that the Yan’an situation was depressing. People did not dare interact with one another. Each person had his own axe to grind and everyone was nervous and frightened. No one dared to speak the truth or protect mistreated friends, because each was trying to save his own life. The vicious—those who flattered, lied, and insulted others—were promoted; humiliation became a fact of life in Yan’an – either humiliate other comrades or humiliate oneself. People were pushed to the brink of insanity, having been forced to abandon dignity, a sense of honor or shame, and love for one another in order to save their own lives and their own jobs. They ceased to express their own opinions, but recited party leaders’ articles instead.

This same system of oppression has been employed in all CCP political activities since it seized power in China. (to be cont’d…)

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Vatican Appointed Bishop Arrested in China

Posted by Author on September 19, 2006


By Xin Fei, the Epoch Times, Sep 18, 2006-

On September 11, Bishop Wu Qinjing of Zhouzhi Parish, ShannXi Province was taken away by the public security. Local Catholics said that although Wu is a bishop appointed by the Vatican, the appointment was not approved by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities. CCP officials had persuaded and ordered him to join the “Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association,” but Wu refused. Mr. Zhang, a member of Xingping City Catholic Church of Zhouzhi Parish and Ms. Meng, chairman of the Beitai Catholic Church of Zhouzhi Parish said in an interview with The Epoch Times : “The CCP controls the religious affairs and that China does not have any freedom of belief. The real religious believers all have to hold underground activities secretly. The bishops appointed by the CCP serve politics, and their goals go against the Vatican’s.”

A reporter of The Epoch Times phoned the Zhouzhi County Public Security Bureau. The person who answered the call denied any arrest had been made. The Zhouzhi County Religious Bureau stated: “We picked up Wu Qianjing here to let him study for a few days, as soon as he meets our expectation, we will let him go.”

Public Security Staffs Jumps Over Wall To Arrest Bishop

Mr. Zhang revealed that around 10pm on September 11, more than ten Zhouzhi Public Security Bureau personnel suddenly jumped over the wall of the church where Bishop Wu serves and abducted him. When Wu asked the police why he was being arrested, police slapped him in the face.

Dozens of priests and nuns at the scene were forcibly driven away by the police. Zhang said that it is illegal for government officials to raid a church to catch people

Ms. Meng expressed her worries of Wu’s plight. She said that ten years ago, Bishop Fan from the Zhouzhi Parish was caught and injected with poison. He died at a young age as a result. She hopes this kind of thing won’t happen to Bishop Wu.

The Communist Party Intervenes With Religious Affairs

Zhang said Wu Qinjing was appointed bishop by the Vatican last October. However his identity was not publicized until May of 2006. Since May, he has held mass as bishop many times.

Zhang said, “Former Bishop of Xi’an Parish Li Duan was afraid of the authority’s harassment, so he kept Bishop Wu’s identity secret. Only a couple of days before Li died at the end of May did the church (secretly) announce it, and there was no public induction ceremony.”

After the authorities learned Wu became bishop, they said it was illegal since Wu was not appointed by the government. They used various tactics to persuade and even threaten Wu to join the official “Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association,” but Wu refused, said Zhang.

Zhang also said that the State Bureau of Religious Affairs is an organization that monitors and tyrannizes churches and does not serve churches at all. Therefore real bishops suffer the greatest pressure. If they draw too closely to authorities, they will compromise the fundamentals of the church and a huge number of religious believers will revolt as a result. If they don’t do so, they will be pressured and even lose personal freedom.

The CCP’s Purpose In Appointing Bishops

Mr. Zhang said, the purpose of the CCP in appointing its own bishops is to compete politically with the Vatican, as the Vatican is the spiritual leader among Catholics.

Catholics generally believe that the bishop being appointed by the authorities is a means to use the high leadership position of the church as a political tool. During peacetime, it is hard to see their nature. But at crucial times, they would expose themselves by casting away the principles of the church to benefit the authorities.

No Freedom of Belief in China

Mr. Zhang said that Chinese authorities have made their own religious terms that require religious activities to be held only with governmental recognition and permission. However, according to the understanding of Catholics, it intervenes with the internal freedom of the church.

He said that domestic churches have to secretly contact the Vatican because of worry of intervention from the authorities. He pointed out that the CCP claims to the outside world that it respects freedom of belief and human rights. These are all lies. Chinese people don’t have freedom of belief at all.

Zhang said that the domestic Catholics are in a tough situation. However, true Catholics won’t give up, because they have faith.

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