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China airport closed after UFO appears on radar screens

Posted by Author on July 12, 2010


NewsCore, Via The Australian, July 9, 2010 –

A CHINESE airport
was dramatically shut down after baffled air traffic controllers spotted an incoming UFO on their radar systems.

Planes were grounded and flights were diverted away from Xiaoshan airport in Hangzhou City, in the country’s east, after the mysterious glowing object appeared on monitoring instruments late Wednesday night, the Shanghai Daily reported.

In a further twist, the closure followed several supposed sightings of a strange airborne object across the city, with locals reportedly seeing a comet-like fireball in the sky.

Airport authorities immediately notified passengers to stop boarding and grounded all planes about to take off as flights were rerouted to neighboring airports in the cities of Ningbo and Wuxi, Xinhua news agency said.

The unexplained object soon vanished from radar screens but flights were delayed from taking off for a further four hours.

An airport spokesman said an investigation was underway, but refused to elaborate……(more details from The Australian)

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Why other countries, such as China, pay for our politicians to visit (3)

Posted by Author on July 7, 2010


Brian Stewart, CBC News, Canada, Wednesday, July 7, 2010 –

Part 1 Part 2

Boondoggle phobia

This spreading phenomenon makes intelligence services nervous precisely because it’s so apparently out in the open. All the big political parties play the game and remarkably few admit that our security might be involved.

Still, I sense some MPs, perhaps most, feel uneasy about these trips.

As Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae described the phenomenon in a recent interview with The National Post: “Why do so many MPs go to Taiwan? Very simply: the government of Taiwan encourages people to come and finances the trip.

“Why do so few MP’s go to the Congo? Nobody’s going to pay them to go to the Congo. And it really is a problem.”

In fact much of the problem is that our MPs hunger after these trips because there is simply no real parliamentary budget for foreign travel anymore.

That is our insane system right now. In the 21st century, no budget to travel. Even MPs who need the expertise in foreign affairs have to wheel and deal to get on these junkets, like impoverished roadside hitchhikers.

We created this mess over the years by going into our usual moralizing routine whenever we would read of MPs and their travelling”boondoggles.”

Well some were and some weren’t, but at least they were Canadian boondoggles.

Now MPs are so afraid to use taxpayer dollars to study the world, they prefer the dole of other countries.

For a developed nation like Canada this is in equal parts shabby and shortsighted.

The solution is pretty simple: Parliament should first discourage, perhaps ban, all such free trips.

Then it should vote an annual and substantial budget to send MPs on serious study tours about issues that count. Let a committee work all this out in public.

Few problems of international security are ever easy to fix. This one is.

If we do nothing, those ugly suspicions of influence, and of shadowy favours given and received, will inevitably creep still further into our political system. (END)

Part 1 Part 2

– from CBC News

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The Cost Of Driving In China- tolls greater than the cost of the fuel burned

Posted by Author on April 20, 2010


Paul Midler, The Forbes, 04.20.10 –

HONG KONG
— China will spend $300 billion on high-speed rail lines over the next 20 years. The world has seen nothing like it, and China-watchers have responded by drawing analogies to America’s transcontinental railroad, built in the 19th century, or its interstate highway system, built and expanded throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

High-speed rail is not the only thing on the nation’s infrastructure to-do list. China’s General Administration of Civil Aviation has budgeted $62 billion to build 100 new airports by 2020. All of this new infrastructure is being seen as the signs of progress, but what has been missed is how high-speed rail and the new airports are a way for China to get around a major problem it faces–an exorbitant, toll-based road system.

Have a mind to jump in your car and drive from Guangzhou to Beijing? Don’t forget to bring your wallet. The expressways connecting the south to Beijing are expensive, and a trip to the nation’s capital will run you close to $200 each way. Driving on toll roads in China–and almost all of the country’s expressways cost money–runs an average of 0.5 yuan (7 cents) per kilometer, or nearly 12 cents per mile. For many types of cars, the tolls are greater than the cost of the fuel burned.

The jacked-up cost of auto travel in China actually makes high-speed rail seem affordable, but tickets for high-speed trains are still out of reach for most Chinese. The speedy rail line meant to connect Beijing to the southern province of Fujian was closed after only two months in operation due to a lack of commercial interest…….(more details from The Forbes)

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China Grants Canada Destination Status

Posted by Author on December 5, 2009


Scott Deveau, National Post, Friday, December 04, 2009 –

Canadian tourism officials celebrated yesterday after Canada finally received its coveted approved destination status from China.

The designation essentially allows Chinese travel agents to begin marketing Canada as a holiday destination, and for Chinese travellers to come to Canada on a tourist visa.

For more than a decade Canadian tourism officials have lobbied the federal government and its Chinese counterpart for the designation. But they were forced to sit on the sidelines as more than 130 countries were awarded approved destination status (ADS), including Australia, the United States and such nations as Syria, Bulgaria and Jamaica.

David Redekop, principal research associate for the Conference Board of Canada, said the significance of Canada receiving the designation could not be underestimated, given China’s population of 1.3 billion would-be-tourists and 46 million outbound trips a year. An estimated 166,000 travellers came to Canada from China in 2008, a figure Canada could easily double in the next five years, he said. “This is a big deal for Canada.”…….

National Post

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Between China and a flu pandemic: EDITORIAL by Taipei Times

Posted by Author on April 28, 2009


Tuesday, Taipei Times, Taiwan, Apr 28, 2009 –

Amid reports that more than 100 people have died in Mexico from what is believed to be H1N1 swine influenza, 20 confirmed cases in the US and daily reports of possible cases in every corner of the world, Taiwanese health authorities have reacted with propriety: They have called for calm, reassured the public that the disease cannot be transmitted via food and heightened monitoring at ports of entry.

Fears of a pandemic and its impact on the global economy’s recovery sent most stock markets down yesterday, with the TAIEX dropping 2.99 percent. Economists in Australia, meanwhile, were saying that even a mild outbreak of swine flu could result in 1.4 million deaths worldwide and US$330 billion in lost production. (To put things in perspective, the Asian Development Bank said the cost of the SARS outbreak in 2003 for East and Southeast Asia was about US$18 billion.)

While it would be premature to call this “the big one” scientists have long been predicting, swine flu was responsible for three major pandemics in the past century — in 1918, 1957 and 1968.

Modern travel and the sheer number of people traveling daily have made it far easier for communicable diseases to spread. Given this, and in light of reports of possible outbreaks in countries such as New Zealand, which has ordered 50 people there to be quarantined, it is only a matter of time before cases start appearing close to home. In fact, it would not be a surprise if China already had some, which raises the specter, once again, of Chinese authorities’ tendency to muzzle reports of disease outbreaks — as it did in 2003.

The likelihood that an outbreak in China would go unreported is perhaps even greater today given the economic situation and fears of social instability. Confirmation of an outbreak and its consequences for the tottering economy would risk exacerbating social problems and undermine the Chinese Communist Party’s image as a totem of stability. Even if China had learned its lessons from 2003, institutional friction and the fact that information on disease outbreaks in China is a “state secret” means that by the time the information is made public, it may be too late to prevent the disease from spreading, especially in densely populated areas.

Aside from highlighting the urgent need for Taiwan to gain WHO representation, as well as the importance of direct connection to the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, which Taiwan obtained earlier this year, the present scare raises questions about additional risks created by the recent rise in tourist arrivals from China and increases in the number of direct cross-strait flights.

While there is no question that checking body temperature at points of arrival is a necessary first line of defense, the short distance that needs to be covered for Chinese to travel to Taiwan means that by the time they arrive, people infected with swine flu may not have begun displaying telltale symptoms of the disease — sudden fever, coughing, muscle aches and extreme fatigue — and can remain contagious for as long as a week, the US Centers for Disease Control says.

Faced with so many uncertainties concerning China’s ability or willingness to be a responsible stakeholder when an epidemic occurs, and given Beijing’s poor track record, how would the Taiwanese government react? If the situation takes a turn for the worse and cases start appearing in China, would Taipei, given the position of dependence it has burdened itself with vis-a-vis China, be able to unilaterally suspend cross-strait flights?

Taipei Times

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China sleeper bus crashes in tunnel, killing 10

Posted by Author on September 4, 2008


Reuters, Sep 4, 2008-

BEIJING (Reuters) – At least 10 people were killed and 36 injured on Thursday when a Chinese sleeper bus crashed inside a tunnel, Xinhua news agency said.

The 44-sleeper bus was carrying 46 people when it crashed in Lishui, in eastern Zhejiang province, shortly after midnight, killing 10 people on the spot.

China’s roads are the deadliest in the world, with accidents killing about 100,000 people a year.

– Original: Reuters

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China: American tourist killed in an attack on Olympic athlete’s family in Beijing

Posted by Author on August 9, 2008


Sara Hashash and Times Online, UK, Aug. 9, 2008-

A knife-wielding Chinese man attacked two relatives of a coach for the US Olympic men’s volleyball team at a tourist site in Beijing, killing one and injuring the other on the first day of the Olympics.

The incident took place on the second level of the Drum Tower, an ancient monument situated just 8km from the main Olympics site, which was used to tell time centuries ago.

The 47-year-old attacker, identified by local police as Tang Yongming from the eastern city of Hangzhou, then committed suicide by jumping from the second story of the Tower.

The attack has brought shock to the country because of the rarity of violent crime against foreigners in tightly controlled China, which has ramped up security measures even more for the Olympics.

The stabbing came only hours after what by many accounts was the most spectacular opening ceremony in Olympic history and has already dampened some of the enthusiasm.

Darryl Seibel, a spokesman for the US Olympic Committee, said the volleyball team was deeply saddened and shocked and that it was “too early to say whether the US delegation or athletes will require additional security”.

Police blocked off streets leading to the Drum Tower immediately after the attack and cordoned off the area with yellow police tape. Security officers were examining the scene on the tower and below.

As yet exact details of the attack, including the weapon used, were not clear.

The episode marks the first setback for Beijing in what has otherwise been a resoundingly successful opening for the Olympic Games.

Around one billion people watched Beijing’s glittering opening ceremony on television around the world. Around 10,000 performers took part in the extravaganza which featured a dazzling spectacle of fireworks, drums and dancers.

Laura Bush, America’s first lady, who attended the ceremony alongside President Geroge W.Bush said: “It was spectacular, really unbelievable”. More than 80 world leaders and 91,000 spectators attended the event.

China sailed to an early victory winning two gold medals during on the opening day of the Olympic Games. Female weightlifter Chen Xiexia won the first medal for the host nation in the women’s 48 kg class. Her success was shortly followed by Pang Wei who triumphed in the men’s 10 metre air pistol .

Despite political controversy over China’s human rights record which has dogged the run up to the games, protestors have not derailed events so far. Activists who had wrapped themselves in Tibetan flags and lay down in Tianmen square early on Saturday morning, shouted “Freedom for Tibet!” as they were led away by plainclothes security agents.

In Hong Kong a pro-Tibet protester was removed from an equestrian event when she tried to display a Tibetan flag during the dressage.

part in the extravaganza which featured a dazzling spectacle of fireworks, drums and dancers.

Laura Bush, America’s first lady, who attended the ceremony alongside President Geroge W.Bush said: “It was spectacular, really unbelievable”. More than 80 world leaders and 91,000 spectators attended the event.

China sailed to an early victory winning two gold medals during on the opening day of the Olympic Games. Female weightlifter Chen Xiexia won the first medal for the host nation in the women’s 48 kg class. Her success was shortly followed by Pang Wei who triumphed in the men’s 10 metre air pistol .

Despite political controversy over China’s human rights record which has dogged the run up to the games, protestors have not derailed events so far. Activists who had wrapped themselves in Tibetan flags and lay down in Tianmen square early on Saturday morning, shouted “freedom for Tibet!” as they were led away by plainclothes security agents.

In Hong Kong a pro-Tibet protester was removed from an equestrian event when she tried to display a Tibetan flag during the dressage.

– The Times Online

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China see the Beijing Olympics as a goldmine for spying, says western intelligence official

Posted by Author on August 8, 2008


Isabel Oakeshott, Michael Sheridan and Flora Bagenal in Beijing, The Times Online, UK, August 3, 2008-

Two weeks ago, the Whitehall mandarins, ministerial aides and officials who will be in Beijing when the Olympic Games open on Friday were summoned for what they thought would be a series of pro-forma chats with MI5. What they heard was hair-raising.

“It was all very James Bond,” according to one of the 100 or more who were called in by the security service. “We were told to trust nobody. We were warned that there is going to be a huge spy presence in Beijing, and that we should expect to be followed wherever we go.”

The alert came after The Sunday Times reported that a top aide accompanying Gordon Brown to China early this year had been caught in a suspected “honeytrap” by a woman who vanished from his hotel room with his BlackBerry.

The aides and officials accompanying Brown and four ministers to the Olympics were told they must take no laptops and that all BlackBerries or mobile phones must be “clean” – containing no contact numbers or other information.

It is a reminder that, although China has transformed itself into a more self-confident, outgoing and even outspoken society than it was when awarded the games seven years ago, it is still ruled by authoritarians who are above the law.

The official slogan is One World, One Dream. But these are also the Spying Games.

China has justified heavy security measures, entailing the deployment of 110,000 security personnel in Beijing and restrictions on visas, by the need to protect the Olympics against unspecified threats of terrorism.

Surface to air missiles have been placed around the Olympic “bird’s nest” stadium, and from 2pm on Friday – six hours before the opening ceremony is due to start – airports around Beijing will be in lock-down. The army has been instructed to shoot down anything that moves in the five designated air zones above the city. There is much more than an antiterrorist exercise going on, however. A western intelligence official said the Chinese security services saw the Olympics as “a goldmine for intelligence gathering, blackmail and commercial secrets”.

The US state department issued an official warning this year to travellers attending the games that there was “no reasonable expectation of privacy in public or private locations” in China.

It’s not just that the men on the streets in Good Luck Beijing T-shirts and lookalike baseball caps are likely to be vigilantes looking for troublemakers. The man coming into your hotel room to change your free slippers may also be on the security payroll.

“The [British] security services seem particularly worried about the Chinese hotel staff going into our bedrooms,” said a senior aide who will be accompanying ministers.

“We were told they will find an excuse to go into our room five or more times a day. They’ll say they’ve come to change the free slippers – but actually they’ll be on the lookout for any phones or documents we might have left lying around.” Last December Jonathan Evans, director-general of MI5, warned that China was carrying out state-sponsored espionage against vital parts of Britain’s economy, including the computer systems of big banks and financial services firms.

A main fear now is that business visitors to China will be permanently subject to “a cold war level” of industrial espionage from systems put in place for the games.

Two industry sources have confirmed that internet surveillance software to spy on guests at the games has been installed at some international hotel chains after heavy pressure from state security.

It means that business leaders, politicians and government officials using the internet in some of Beijing’s most prestigious hotels can expect the Chinese authorities to monitor e-mails, website visits and private passwords.

The sources confirmed allegations by an American senator, Sam Brownback, who has disclosed the existence of a threatening order from the Public Security Bureau (PSB) to hotel managers ordering them to comply with its operatives.

“Exactly right,” said one of the sources, who said he was familiar with the instructions due to his management position, “it is authentic”.

The PSB document said that “in order to ensure the smooth opening of the Olympics in Beijing . . . it is required that your company install and run the security management system”.

Penalties for noncompliance included fines and the threat the hotel chain could lose its licence in China.

Not only Beijing hotels are affected. Guests at the Shangri-La hotel in Shenzhen, a business hub in south China, were informed in a letter from the management on July 24 that internet access would be shut for several hours for a maintenance “upgrade”.

The Asian-owned chain also operates a hotel at the Kerry Centre in Beijing which is used by the British consulate and multinational companies located in the complex. A spokesman for Shangri-La Hotels did not return calls asking for comment.

Spying on foreigners in Beijing used to be the subject of routine jokes about walls with ears in establishments such as the venerable Jianguo hotel, near the British and American embassies. Western diplomats had assumed until recently that the listening apparatus and telephone tapping, used routinely in the era of Mao Tse-tung, had fallen into disuse.

It is the internet, with high-speed broadband connections in most Chinese hotels, that has given a new lease of life to the eavesdroppers.

The internet was at the centre of an embarrassing public row last week between the international media and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after it emerged that the Chinese were continuing to block politically sensitive websites at the press centre…….

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Oppressive atmosphere in Beijing: China police ask about shoe size, politics, cash

Posted by Author on August 8, 2008


By Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters, Thu Aug 7, 2008-

BEIJING (Reuters) – Living in Beijing? The government wants to know your shoe size, blood group, political affiliation and where you get your money from, according to police in at least one corner of the security-obsessed Olympic host city.

Questionnaires handed to a businessman in Beijing’s east also demanded full technical details of the company computer network and a hand-drawn map of Internet connections.

Beijing has ramped up security ahead of the Games, with missile launchers guarding the main venues and a special 100,000-strong security force on the alert for terrorists.

Residents of the capital have got used to over-zealous police intruding into their lives. Visitors, even those who stay only one night, are expected to register at the local police station. Police sometimes call to ask why if they do not.

Compounds in the city centre have demanded even long-term residents carry special identity cards, while one restaurant owner said his staff had been warned by police not to speak to foreign customers about anything but their orders.

But the police forms seen by Reuters, which were aimed at Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japanese businessmen and foreign non-government workers, were unusually intrusive with detailed personal questions, some of which implied a criminal record.

Among some over 100 categories to be filled were “the last time of breaking the law”, date of release from prison and source of funds. The document also asked about “cultural level” — or educational background — distinguishing features, and favorite hangouts.

They appeared to be internal police documents, said the businessman who asked not to be named because he feared retaliation for handing the forms to foreign journalists.

“It just seems like everyone is terrified ahead of the Olympics that something will happen on their patch so they are overreacting,” the businessman asked to fill them in said.

“If I’d known the city was going to be like this I would have left for the Games,” he told Reuters.

On Monday, religious extremists killed 16 police in the restive West in an attack the government said aimed to disrupt the Games, and which appeared to justify some of the concerns.

But critics say the security lockdown risks cloaking the host city in an oppressive atmosphere — with live music and outdoor parties banned at some venues, security checks to get on the subway and tens of thousand of migrant workers and others deemed undesirable pushed out of the city.

– Reuters: Beijing police ask about shoe size, politics, cash

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Map: Labor Camps Close to China Olympic Venue (1): Beijing Tuanhe

Posted by Author on August 6, 2008


Nearby Olympic Venue in Beijing City:

Name: National Stadium, a.k.a. Bird’s Nest
Events: Opening and closing ceremonies, track and field, soccer finals

Labor Camp:

Name: Tuanhe “Re-education Through Labor” Camp
Address: 1-Tuan’gui Street, Liu Village, Huangcun Town, Daxing District, Beijing
Phone: +86-(0)10─61299888

Directions

Directions to Tuanhe Labor Camp: View below, or click here to download .doc file (44kb)

From Beijing International Airport: Total 55.2 km
From Wangfujing (City Center) Subway Station:Total 29.4 km

Map:

Beijing area map, showing the location of Tuanhe Labor Camp and Beijing Olympic Venue- National Stadium

Beijing area map, showing the location of Tuanhe Labor Camp and Beijing Olympic Venue- National Stadium

A. Beijing Capital International Airport: ( 首都国际机场)
B. National Stadium: (鸟巢国家体育场)
C. Tiananmen Square: (天安门广场)
D. Subway station
E. Women Labor Camp: (女子劳教所)
F. Tuanhe Labor Camp: (团河劳教所)

About Tuanhe “Re-education Through Labor” Camp

Description:

Tuanhe Labor Camp has been in use since the 1960s, and is said to hold several thousand prisoners. Tuanhe Dispatch Center is part of the same complex, and all prisoners sent to “re-education through labor” (RTL) facilities in Beijing must first pass through the Tuanhe Dispatch Center before going to other sites. Both men and women are confined in the dispatch center, but in separate facilities. Tuanhe Labor Camp is male only.

Prisoners:

According to Chen Gang, a New Jersey resident and Falun Gong practitioner held in Tuanhe for 18 months, from 2000-2001, the majority of prisoners were Falun Gong adherents.

Prison conditions:

According to former detainees, prisoners are held in unsanitary conditions, with over a dozen individuals sharing a room of 130 square feet in which they eat, work, and perform bodily functions. Former prisoners speak of working over 16 hours a day packaging chopsticks for domestic and international use in unhygienic conditions, as well as being subjected to beatings, severe sleep deprivation, electric baton shocks, and anti-Falun Gong study sessions.

Products:

Chopsticks (primary) and steel brushes.

Falun Gong practitioner Chen Ying, now living in France, wrote the following about her experience producing chopsticks in Tuanhe:

“I was locked up with over a dozen other Falun Gong practitioners in a cell that was about twelve square meters (130 square feet) in size. We did everything in this cell, including working, eating, drinking, and using the toilet; therefore, there were many flies and mosquitoes. If we could not finish the work assigned to us, we were not allowed to clean ourselves.

“We were allowed very little sleep each day, and forced to start working the moment we opened our eyes. My hands had blisters and thick calluses from working long hours to finish the assigned quota of packaging disposable chopsticks. I often worked until midnight. We were not allowed to sleep unless we finished the quota. We were forced to work over 16 hours every day, and everything was done in our cells.

“The sanitation conditions were extremely poor. Even though we were packaging disposable chopsticks and the label said the chopsticks were disinfected at a high temperature, the entire process was unhygienic. We could not wash our hands, and we had to package those chopsticks that had fallen on the floor. In order to seek a huge profit, Tuanhe Prisoner Dispatch Center and Tuanhe Labor Camp disregarded the health of the general public and knowingly committed such wrongdoings. Many restaurants in Beijing are currently using these chopsticks. I heard they are even being exported to other countries.”

Show Tours:

In 2001, a closely managed tour of the Tuanhe Labor Camp was conducted for foreign media, exhibiting sections of the camp containing green fields and animals such as deer. However, former prisoners held in the camp at the time speak of a staged presentation by prison officials for the benefit of reporters. Chen Gang reports that before the tour, roads were repaired, buildings painted, and prisoners were given a list of questions and answers to memorize. The list included questions like, “Were there any beatings?” Answer: “No.” During that period of time, practitioners who had not renounced their beliefs were sent to a remote corner of the camp. When they were returned, they were told that reporters had come for a visit, but that officials did not want them to see the practitioners.

Chen also learned after his release that two practitioners who had arrived at Tuanhe only a day or two before the tour were allowed to meet reporters. They were separated and isolated upon their arrival. When reporters asked them if they practice Falun Gong, they replied, “Yes” and when they asked if they had been beaten, they said “no.” Each situation was crafted to convey a positive impression of the facility, as realistically as possible.

Individual cases:

1. Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience: Bu Dongwei

Bu Dongwei (image courtesy Amnesty International)

Bu Dongwei (image courtesy Amnesty International)

Bu Dongwei currently serving 2.5 year sentence.

Mr. Bu Dongwei was working for the Asia Foundation, an American aid organization, when he was taken from his home in May 2006 by security agents and sentenced to two and a half years of “re-education through labor” (RTL) because he practices Falun Gong.

According to Amnesty International (AI): “This is not the first time Bu Dongwei has been imprisoned for his beliefs. After petitioning the authorities to review their ban on Falun Gong in 2000, he was sentenced to 10 months RTL…. Amnesty International has been told that during RTL he was deprived of sleep, beaten and forced to sit in a small chair all day – all to make him renounce his beliefs.”

AI considers him a prisoner of conscience and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release, an end to the crackdown against Falun Gong, and abolishment of the RTL system. See: http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?id=ENGASA170522007&lang=e

2. Former prisoner of conscience: Zhao Ming

Zhao Ming

Zhao Ming

Zhao Ming, post-graduate student at Ireland’s Trinity College, held at Tuanhe from July 2000 to March 2002

“When I visited China to appeal on behalf of Falun Gong, I was jailed. In the labor camp…I was forced to stand and squat for long periods of time, repeatedly shocked with electric batons, sleep deprived, made to attend brainwashing classes, and force-fed.

“Ten inmates who were under orders by the police guards in the camp once beat me together, which made my thighs black all over with bruises and made me unable to walk for two weeks after that. Two weeks before I was released, I was shocked with 6 electric batons by 5 policemen while tied up on a bed board.”

3. Message for reporters from former prisoner Chen Gang, a musician currently living in New Jersey.

“The CCP can stage everything. I don’t know if they [reporters] can discover the truth there. If you want to know the facts you have to find a way. Don’t be fooled by the CCP. A few of my friends are still in prison there. They could even be tortured to death by now.

“It’s really hard and dangerous but I hope reporters can discover the crimes behind closed doors.”— July 26, 2008

Chen Gang, Zhao Ming, Chen Ying, and Bu Dongwei’s wife, herself a former prisoner of conscience currently residing in the United States, are available for interviews upon request.

Excerpt from report “Torture Outside the Olympic Village: A Guide to China’s Labor Camps“, by CIPFG

Related:
Guide to Beijing Olympic Reporters: Torture Outside The Olympic Village in Labor Camps, By CIPFG

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China’s Olympic crackdown reachs business travellers and expats

Posted by Author on May 4, 2008


By Paul Westerberg in Beijing, The Sunday Herald, UK, May. 3, 2008-

AS TIBETAN torch-bearers prepared to take the flame up Mount Everest this weekend, China’s Olympic crackdown scaled new heights, reaching beyond human rights activists into the once-cosy world of business travellers and expats.

Such incidents as human rights advocate Yang Chunlin having his arms and legs stretched and chained across a bed, 10 foreign reporters receiving death threats and Tibetan monks receiving hasty trials and hefty sentences surprised few witnesses to the state-sanctioned assault on the Western media.

But with fewer than 100 days until August 8, the “Peaceful Olympic Action” inspection squads sweeping through Beijing business and rental apartment complexes evicting migrant Chinese workers and “illegally employed” foreigners has come as a shock to many who had seen themselves as old friends of China.
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“All the people who are living and working here but don’t have the proper visa – we are tens of thousands – their aim is to put us all out,” said Armand Lafare, a Beijing cafe owner. The clampdown comes during heightened tensions in the capital and other cities, with protests at the French Embassy in Beijing and outlets of the French supermarket chain Carrefour.

“If you have, say, a tourist or business visa, they won’t let you upgrade to the Z employment visa and stay,” explained Lafare. “This restriction applies only to the French, starting two weeks ago.”

The new rules are bad for business, said European Chamber of Commerce president Joerg Wuttke, especially the requirement for expats with a business visa to return to their homeland and apply for a renewal.

“Some of my colleagues left China on holiday only to discover they can’t come back,” said a freelance English contractor for the British Council who requested anonymity. “I know foreigners have had an easy ride in the past, but I can’t help feeling this is all a bit over the top.”

British Council exams director for China, James Shipton, said his organisation, which hires freelance English examiners, was well-prepared, but it had been “extremely difficult”.

Not only are these restrictions “truly annoying”, said Wuttke, but the new visa rules remain unpublished. That’s because there have been no changes to visa rules, foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu insisted last week.

“I can assure you there will be no difficulty in applying for visas for all normal visiting, business and tourist trips to China,” said Jiang.

But the English manager of a small tourism firm laughed when he heard this. “The Tibetan turmoil has not only put people off, it’s cleared all our advance bookings. On top of that, we now have these vague new visa restrictions.

“There are rumours that travel to other parts of China will be restricted during the Olympics. The Olympics is bad for tourism all over China,” he said.

China expects half a million visitors for the Olympics, along with 10,500 athletes and 18,000 accredited journalists. “The Chinese people will welcome foreign friends in a warm, enthusiastic and open-minded way,” said Jiang Yu.

“I don’t know where the welcome is,” said the freelancer, a Beijing resident for eight years. “I’ve never felt unwelcome before, but I do now – and the worst thing is I bought Olympic tickets.”

Now he cannot afford to use them. “Even if you rent or own an apartment, you still have to buy a return air ticket and make a hotel reservation and the visa is only valid for 30 days. That is what I have been told.”

But another Beijing-based Briton felt it was “a bit ridiculous to complain too much. It’s understandable with the Olympics coming.”

The boss, who works with about 20 foreign contractors, said: “I can’t say for sure we are going to be able to get around this. There might well be a lot of grey’ people out there. Obviously nobody wants to go on the record about this.”

“Corporate over-regulation” had created the problem, he said, adding that Chinese wanting to visit London in 2012 could expect an even harder time.

“Compared to visas of most countries in this world, it is convenient for most foreigners to get visas,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement last week.

Original report from The Sunday Herald: Expats and workers hit by new Olympic crackdown

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Beijing Residents Resist Urban ‘Clean-up’ Drive By Government

Posted by Author on February 28, 2008


Radio Free Asia, 2008.02.27-

HONG KONG—Ordinary Chinese are increasingly angry at government attempts to “clean up” the nation’s cities ahead of the Olympic Games, with standoffs between local people and the authorities reported across the country in recent days.

At the forefront of the “clean-up,” which is often an official euphemism for the removal of underprivileged people from public places, is Beijing, which is all too conscious of its international image ahead of the Summer Olympics.

Authorities in the capital announced this week a renewed drive to enforce regulations on temporary residents of the city, which require that anyone over 16 years of age from out of town wishing to stay longer than a month for business or study purposes must get a permit from the police.

The scheme has already sparked controversy among netizens, prompting the authorities to slash the fees charged by police for the permits, fees that two out-of-town lawyers say have netted the police around 100 million yuan (U.S. $14 million) so far.

Permits needed to stay in Beijing

Henan-based civil rights lawyer Li Subin and Anhui-based civil rights lawyer Cheng Hai have filed a complaint with the Beijing Municipal People’s Court, saying that the actions of police in Beijing’s Changping county contravene the country’s Administrative Licensing Law.

“It still costs money to get a temporary residence permit…We are talking about around 100 million yuan that the police have collected here,” Li told Cantonese service reporter Lee Kin-kwan.

An officer who answered the phone at the Changping police station said: “I am not authorized to comment.”

According to the Beijing News, police will be checking temporary residence permits over the next few weeks to ensure that all out-of-towners are properly registered. People who fail to obtain the necessary permits may face a fine of up to 50 yuan, the paper said.

Blogger Xiao Xifeng, who has written about the temporary residence permit system in the past, said the fees had been slashed amid public discontent, however.

“I think it’s just an administrative charge of 10 yuan now. In the recent past there have been a few problems with the temporary residence permit system. I think a lot of people felt that the police were behaving just like the chengguan [who get their income from fining illegal hawkers and beggars].” …… (more details from Radio Free Asia: Chinese Resist Urban ‘Clean-up’ Drive)

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Prophecy On Stones Realized In China History And The Collapsing of CCP

Posted by Author on September 9, 2007


A Special Report by The Epoch Times-

Many people have heard of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty who united China. Perhaps many don’t know that the demise of the Qin Dynasty was predicted by writings on a meteorite.

In Year 12 of the Qin Emperor’s rule, a meteorite fell from the sky. On the meteorite, there were seven characters that read, “Qin Emperor dies and the land is divided.” The next year, the emperor died. One year later, the rebellion by Chen Sheng and Wu Guang began, and the old royalties of the six states that Qin had conquered divided up China to reestablish their states. Three years after Emperor Qin died, the Qin Dynasty ended. The prophecy was realized.

In the late Yuan Dynasty, a folk rhyme said, “A stone man with one eye can turn the Yellow River and the world will revolt.” Later, the prime minister was leading a project to manage the flow of the Yellow River when a stone man with just one eye was found. The rhyme was carved on the back of the stone man. Very shortly, many peasant revolts broke out, and the Yuan Dynasty ended.

The two above examples were recorded in “Records of the Historian” and “Yuan History.”

They remind us of the prophecy that recently appeared on a huge rock in China: “The Chinese Communist Party collapses.”

This rock was found in a National Park in Zhangbu, Pingtang County, Guizhou Province in 2002. A crack that formed 500 years ago in the 270-million year old megalith reveals six characters in the manner of neatly brush-written Chinese; the characters say “The Chinese Communist Party Collapses” [Zhong Guo Gong Chan Dang Wang].

The Will of Heaven270-million year old megalith

The appearance of the megalith shows that the fate of the Chinese nation is closely related to the will of heaven at an historic moment in time.

(Photo of the rock printed on the ticket to the national park. The six characters read, “Chinese Communist Party Collapses.” /The Epoch Times)

The two sections of the stone are each seven meters in length, nearly three meters tall and weigh 100 tons. The stone is extremely hard— in fact, too hard to carve on. The characters are each about one foot across. The characters were written in a square style and were very clear. They are slightly raised in relief. The last character, “Collapses,” was bigger than the other characters, showing that the demise of the Chinese Communist Party is not just the collapse of an ordinary political party.

This supernormal site has been reported by over 100 newspapers, TV stations, and websites in China, although nobody has dared to mention the last character, “Collapses.” They only dare say that the stone bears the characters for “Chinese Communist Party.”

Although the photo of the stone was on the ticket to the national park in which the stone was found, visitors to the site are directed to not talk about it. Sources say that many high-ranking CCP officials have visited the site in person. They were shocked inside and understood what it meant. Like Emperor Qin Shi Huang, they are only trying to postpone the collapse of their power…… ( more details from the Epochtimes’ report: Withdrawals Accelerate the CCP’s Disintegration)
[Note]:
To date of today, 25,847,721 Chinese people have announced quit the Chinese Communist Party by posting their statements on the Quit CCP Website (in Chinese) ]

Related:
Video: Geology Wonder- 200 Million-Year-Old Stone Says “Chinese Communist Party Collapses” 

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Video: Geology Wonder- 270 Million-Year-Old Stone Says “Chinese Communist Party Collapses”

Posted by Author on September 9, 2007


The Epoch Times-270 million-year-old “hidden words stone”

In June 2002, a 270 million-year-old “hidden words stone” was discovered in Guizhou (province, in southwest China).

A crack that formed 500 years ago in a megalith reveals six characters neatly brush-written in Chinese; the characters represent “The Chinese Communist Party Collapses [Zhong Guo Gong Chan Dang Wang].” The character “collapse” (亡) is especially large.

The official media in Mainland China have all reported this news, but they have hidden the word “collapse” and only mention the written words “The Chinese Communist Party”. However, the word “collapse” can be clearly seen in photos posted on the People’s Daily Online and Xinhua.Net.

(photo above: Stone clearly showing the characters, from China official Xinua.Net)

(Video below: An advertisement TV video made by local government to promote the “hidden words stone” to attract tourists, certainly, the word “collapse” is not reported, thought its clearly shows there. Video was made in Chinese. )

According to an overseas edition of the People’s Daily, Pingtang is a high mountain valley in Guizhou province, a southwestern part of China. Zhangbu village in Pingtang County is a very scenic spot spanning over six kilometers. The natural and beautiful scenes can be viewed with many mystical mountains, rivers, rocks, caves, bamboos, trees, and fish. The area is very isolated, and has remained untouched by humans for a long time.

In June 2002, the Duyun international photography exposition recommended this area as a scenic spot for taking photographs. During routine cleaning of the area, this “hidden words stone” was accidentally discovered.

The “hidden words stone” is split in half due to having fallen from a cliff, and the gap is wide enough to accommodate two people. The two sections are each seven meters in length, nearly three meters tall and weigh 100 tons. The neatly written words “The Chinese Communist Party Collapses” can be clearly seen on the right stone, and every character is nearly a square foot in size. The characters are so clearly written that they appear as if carved.

After going to the scenic area in Zhangbu village in October 2003, the vice-editor of the People’s Daily, Liang Heng wrote, “While on cliffs people may often discover that white clouds may appear to look like dogs, or something looks like a person or a beast, a picture or a chart, however, all such things are restricted by the appearance of the picture. If today a megalith suddenly can write, speak, carve, develop writing technique, or use political terminology, how are people able to believe that? Do they even dare to believe that? However, facing these two pieces of the split “hidden words stone”, we have no alternative but to believe.”

Tourists who come to search for unusual phenomena do not actually dare to believe it. Though the craftsmanship is heavenly and Godly, how could it possibly be that skillful? There has been “the book from heaven”, “the solar stone”, “the God stone” etc. and now there is the “hidden words stone”, which has become Zhangbu valley’s main wonder of the “seven wonders,” and has received admiration from many people.

During August 2003, Pingtang County invited a geology expert from Guizhou province to investigate Zhangbu, who later wrote a detailed report about the inspection. It was determined that the “hidden words stone” fell from a high mountain cliff by the Zhangbu river valley. On the steep mountain cliff, one can see a corresponding dent from where the rock must have fallen. After the megalith fell, it split into two, and the large brush-written characters of “The Chinese Communist Party Collapses” can be clearly seen on the right hand side behind the fracture.

Three months later, the famous Chinese scientific culture inspection group for Guizhou Pingtang geological anomalies had been formed to investigate the “hidden words stone” during December 5th through 8th, 2003.

The fifteen-person team included Li Tingdong, who is an academician from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, assistant director of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences and an expert on Aerial Geology and Geographic Charts; Liu Baojun, academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and renowned geologists, Li Fenglin, professor at China University of Geosciences and committee member of National Geoparks in the National Land Resources Department.

Experts believed that the “hidden words stone” in Zhangbu river valley was from roughly 270 million years ago, the Permian period. The even arrangement of the characters on the “hidden words stone” may be explained from a geological perspective that there are no traces of having been man made, though the probability is small. This “hidden words stone” not only is a world-class marvelous sight, but also has great geological research value.

During this investigation, People’s Daily, CCTV, Guanming Daily, Technical Daily, Travel Satellite, China International Broadcasting station, and 20 other media reporters including People’s Daily.Net, Sina.Net, Eastern Net, Sohu.Net, Yahoo, and New China ally reported on the finding. More than 100 other newspapers, television stations, and websites have retransmitted the news about the scientific investigation.

Even though no one dares to mention the sixth character, “collapses”, and only report the first five characters, everyone who can see it understands its meaning.

In an infinite universe which allows infinite possibilities, anything might occur. In our infinite space-time, nature can always create the most ideal design; while this coincidence could only happen once in a billion years, unexpectedly it has occurred in Buyi Village, Pingtang County.

– Original report from The Epochtimes: 200 Million-Year-Old Stone Bears Words: “Chinese Communist Party Collapses”

[Note]:
Most of Chinese communist party’s current 9 members of Standing Polibureau have gone to see the stone from 2002 to 2005. The date they went there can be found in the above Youtube video’s description.

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Chinese officials’ extravagancies consume 30% of the National Income

Posted by Author on September 4, 2007


Breaking News, Sound of Hope Radio Network-Man Han Banquet

The Communist regime’s extravagant entertainment consumes 30% of the National Income.

Estimated by the Chinese official media, the government officials tours overseas, commuting and holding of banquets on public funds, namely “the three carts”, gobble up 30% of China’s fiscal income. Just overseas tours by the officials would exceed 400 billion RMB annually, gravely devouring the state’s wealth.

(photo: Man-Han Banquet priced at 200,000 RMB or $26,666 USD at a luxury hotel in Shenyang City.)

[Jiangnan Times] affiliated to the People’s Daily that is controlled by the Party issued a commentary, stating: “despite the overseas tours frittering away the public funds tremendously, with some of the officials swelled with fortune, their conduct could not be categorized as corruption but as bending the law. Thus, overseas tours on public funds have become very popular. It is estimated that the annual cost of overseas tours by the officials goes over 400 billion RMB. If the figure is calculated at 50,000 RMB for an official’s trip overseas, 800,000 people make their overseas tours on public funds every year.

In many areas, “overseas tours for observation” has virtually become a kind of fringe for the officials with their touring spots, frequency and consumption scale set out as per the ranks of officials.

As disclosed by the media, over a hundred travel agents are engaged in arranging business trips for the officials especially, who largely bribe the officials to obtain their business.

These travel agents are specialized in establishing a series of business, such as mapping out itinerary, handling the invitations, application for the overseas trips etc. The travel agents also help forge a set of itinerary for the Foreign Affairs Ministry for approval on behalf of “the observation groups”, with a complex agenda written, another set which presents the real routes of the tours; after returning, the travel agents write reports of “the observation group”, providing “images of the business observation trips” etc.

Due to the growing scale of overseas tours financed on public funds, the costs are escalating. Some officials removed other funds to finance their trips overseas, including removing tax incomes, land development incomes, the retained foreign currency, purchasing foreign currency with RMB, devouring funds from sections of administration and other categorized public funds.

Image: Man-Han Banquet priced at 200,000 RMB at a luxury hotel in Shenyang City.

– Original report from SOH Radio : The CCP spends 30% of the national income on extravagancies

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Hong Kong Tourist Spot Records Over 5,000 CCP Withdrawals in Half Year

Posted by Author on August 26, 2007


By Li Jen, Epoch Times Staff, Aug 25, 2007-hong komh quit ccp service (1)

Since The Epoch Times published the series of social commentaries titled Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party in November of 2004, as of August 18, 2007, the number of withdrawal declarations registered on the Epoch Times website has surpassed 25 million.

Even though the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has poured a tremendous amount of resources into preventing The Nine Commentaries and the news about the withdrawals from spreading in China, both still manage to spread throughout the country through various channels. Recently, a CCP Withdrawal Service Center at Victoria Peak in Hong Kong reported that it has recorded over 5000 withdrawals within half a year.

Everyday, tens of thousand of visitors pour into Hong Kong from mainland China for shopping and sightseeing. Not long ago, the Global Service Centers to Quit the CCP (GSCQCCP) set up over a dozen centers at tourist attractions throughout Hong Kong in order to assist mainland tourists with quitting the CCP, Communist Youth League (CYL), and the Young Pioneers. The one established at Victoria Peak is one of these.

Before 6 o’clock every evening, volunteer helpers such as Zhou Shen and Aunt Liao would arrive at the service site pushing a small cart. They then start setting up photo and television displays, and handing out materials such as copies of The Nine Commentaries . Their goal is to persuade tourists from the mainland to withdraw from the CCP.

Each day, Zhou Shen tells the visitors, “The CCP has already murdered over eighty million of its own people. Withdraw from the Communist Party now to ensure your own well-being and safety!” She is one of the youngest volunteer helpers among those who look after this center.

“This service site has been here for over 5 years now,” said Zhou, a Falun Gonghong kong quit ccp service (2) practitioner herself, as she pointed at the crowded sea of tourists getting off tour buses for a glimpse of Hong Kong glittering in the night. “You will find more mainland visitors here than anywhere else.”

“The CCP is censoring information so the people won’t know the truth. The CCP hasn’t stopped murdering, and it hasn’t stopped harvesting live organs from Falun Gong practitioners. We will continue to tell the truth to Chinese people here until the day those cruelties stop,” said Zhou.

After The Epoch Times published The Nine Commentaries in late 2004, the service site added it to their handout materials in order to help the Chinese people understand the evil nature of the CCP. At the same time, volunteers here started providing the service of helping visitors register their “three withdrawals” from the party on the spot. Visitors were very happy to hear that they can make their withdrawal declarations in Hong Kong. Some people have lived through other persecutions by the CCP, and they immediately withdrew from the party. For the large majority of people, the service center provides an alias for them, but some people actually make their declarations using their real names.

The number of people withdrawing from the CCP has grown rapidly. Last November, this service site purchased a fairly thick notebook to keep records of withdrawal declarations, including the name, date, and details of the “three withdrawals.” The notebook was quickly filled and a second one was needed. They recently took a count, and the number of withdrawals had already surpassed 5000.

Even Zhou was very surprised by this number.

“We didn’t think we had so many already. I still remember the time we had less than 20, and then it went up to 90 or so at an accelerated pace,” she said. The visitors’ reactions to The Nine Commentaries also have changed over time. At the beginning, many would respond with profanities, and sometimes even spitting. Now it is far better received by people—to the point where some people become very eager to withdraw.

“This trend tells us something,” said Zhou. “It says that more and more people know the truth and they want to separate themselves from the CCP.”

Zhou cited an interesting case. “There was this one person who wanted to withdraw, so I started to think of an alias for him. I tried ‘Lucky,’ ‘Smoothsailing,’ and ‘Safe,’ but he didn’t like any of them. Then I said ‘How about Healthy?’ He said ‘Yes! You need to be healthy to take down the Communist Party!'”

Aunt Liao is another volunteer who is here everyday. She has persuaded more people to withdraw than everyone else at the service center. It is estimated that she can usually convince 70 to 80 people per day.

Aunt Liao was busy moving among the tourists. She patiently explained the facts to them, and they nodded as they listened. It did not take long for several people to agree to withdraw.

Two Westerners are also helping out at the center. Jeff, an American, said, “I feel this place is special. Chinese tourists come and go, so they are usually here for only about 20 minutes. They all feel like part of a big family to me.”

There were also three teenaged children who decided to withdraw from the CYL and Young Pioneers after listening to Aunt Liao. They later praised freedom of speech in Hong Kong in an interview with The Epoch Times . One boy said, “Hong Kong is very prosperous and very beautiful, and you are free to say what you want here. It’s totally different from the Mainland.”

When asked what made the biggest impression, a girl in the group pointed at the Falun Gong truth clarification display panels and said “Falun Gong and freedom of speech.”

Original report from the Epochtimes

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1,199 Taiwan Businessmans Jailed in China In 10 Years

Posted by Author on August 25, 2007


As of the end of last month, 1,199 men and women from Taiwan had been charged with tax evasion, operating illegally, fraud and other offenses, an official said.

DPA, Via Taipei Times, Saturday, Aug 25, 2007-

China has detained and jailed more than 1,000 Taiwanese in the past decade, showing it is risky to do business on the other side of the Taiwan Strait, a Taiwanese official said yesterday.

“As of the end of July, 1,199 Taiwanese businesspeople have been locked behind bars in China in the past decade after being charged with evading taxes, illegal operations, fraud and many other offenses,” Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Vice Chairman Jonasson Liu (劉德勳) said.

Liu said that most of these businesspeople, unaware of China’s laws, had been framed or set up by Chinese nationals who ended up taking over their business investments in China.

“This shows that it is risky for Taiwanese who are not aware of the laws there to do business in China,” Liu said.

Meanwhile, 42 Taiwanese tourists have been stranded in China after the head of a travel agency they hired disappeared with more than NT$4 million (US$122,000), the Taiwan Tourism Bureau said yesterday.

– Original report from Taipei Times : China jailed thousands of Taiwanese: MAC

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WHO Warns On Beijing Air Pollution- Think twice before travelling to the 2008 China Olympics

Posted by Author on August 18, 2007


BBC News, 17 August 2007-

Some spectators attending the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing face serious health problems due to air pollution, a leading health expert has warned.

Dr Michal Krzyzanowski of the World Health Organisation told the BBC that those with a history of cardiovascular problems should take particular care.

He also said the city’s poor air quality could trigger asthma attacks.

The warning came as Beijing began a four-day test scheme to take 1.3m vehicles off the city’s roads.

During the test period, cars with registration plates ending in odd and even numbers will each be banned from the roads for two day.

Any driver caught contravening the restrictions will be fined 100 yuan ($13, £6.50) by 6,500 police officers.

If the strategy works, it will be used next August to reduce air pollution and traffic during the Olympics.

Officials expect the ban to cut vehicle emissions by 40%, although correspondents said thick smog continued to hang over the city on Friday.

Beijing’s residents, who are being told to take public transport rather than their cars during the test period, appear to be supporting the pilot project.

‘Highly polluted’

But despite the plans to cut emissions, Dr Krzyzanowski said the WHO still feared for the welfare of those planning to attend the games next year.

“All of the cities are pretty highly polluted by European standards, but even by the standards of Asia, Chinese cities are pretty highly polluted,” he told BBC Sport.

“The main problem in Chinese cities is air pollution, small particles which are suspended in the air and penetrate deep into the lungs,” he added.

“More importantly they penetrate other systems, like the cardio-vascular system and travel in the blood through the body.”

Dr Krzyzanowski said people who were not in perfect health ought to think twice before travelling to the games, given the additional stress generated by the excitement of a sporting event, the heat and the poor quality air.

“For them, exposure to high pollution levels may be a trigger to serious problems if they already have, for instance, cardio-vascular disease,” he said.

“Those who come with asthma may suffer attacks – they usually know how to respond to it, but I would be concerned for those who have some cardiac condition,” he added.

“This might be more serious as it requires a much more specialised medical response.”

Traffic doubts

International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge warned last week that events could be postponed if conditions were unhealthy, while some countries say their competitors will arrive in Beijing as late as possible to avoid exposure to pollution.

The air pollution expert also cast doubt on the effectiveness of the Beijing Organising Committee’s experimental traffic ban, saying reducing pollution required long term planning rather than short term fixes.

“I’d be amazed if substantial progress is made in the next 12 months,” he said, pointing out that Beijing’s problems are not just created locally.

“Particles have the ability of travelling thousands of kilometres in the air, so it’s possible the beneficial effect of cutting the traffic in the city will be compensated by the transport of pollution from other parts of China.”

Beijing, home to about 16 million people, has just over 3 million registered vehicles, mostly comprising private cars, buses, taxis and government vehicles.

– Original report from BBC News: WHO fears over Beijing pollution

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Interview: David Matas Reflects on China Organ Harvesting

Posted by Author on August 13, 2007


The Epochtimes, Aug 06, 2007-David Matas

The Epoch Times caught up with David Matas, the co-author with David Kilgour of “Bloody Harvest: Revised Report into the Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China,” on June 20, after he had given a speech at the University of Minnesota, where he graciously agreed to an interview.

ET: Mr. Matas, could you tell us what you are doing here in Minnesota?

David Matas: I came here to speak at a hospital at the University of Minnesota—”Organ Transplants in China” that’s the title of the speech. And also while I’m here I’ve met with various people, the staff of Senator Coleman and the staff of Senator Klobuchar. So that’s basically what I’m doing.

ET: And who invited you to come and speak on this?

DM: It was the Minnesota hospital transplant center. [The U of M Program in Human Rights and Health cosponsored the event.].

ET: I would like to ask you what prompted you to take on this project of organ harvesting in China initially?

DM: I am a human rights lawyer in Winnipeg. I was asked to do it by a non-governmental organization, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong. I am interested generally in human rights and I was familiar with the persecution of Falun Gong. I knew they were being persecuted in China.

I also knew by the very nature of the allegation that it would be a difficult one for human rights organizations to come to grips with because normally human rights organizations like witnesses, and don’t like to act unless there are witnesses, but by the very nature of the allegation, [I knew] there were not going to be any witnesses. So I thought that I could maybe make a contribution to this. And I have done similar things in the past—human rights reporting and writing.

ET: Are you a Falun Gong Practitioner?

DM: No, and I have not been paid to do this report by the Falun Gong community. And we [David Kigour and David Matas] are not necessarily doing what the Falun Gong wants, but are forming our own independent judgment and using our own words. We are acting on our own behalf. Although both of us belong to many organizations, we are not speaking on behalf of these organizations. We are trying to be independent, outside experts. We do not try to accommodate anybody else.

ET: I have read some criticism about certain pieces of evidence in the report “Bloody Harvest.” Are there portions of the investigation that you would consider incontestable?

DM: In coming to the conclusion that we did, all of our evidence is independently verifiable. There is nothing in that report that somebody who wants to do their own research cannot check and see for themselves. In fact most of the evidence comes from the government of China, from their websites and their statistical reporting. So I would say that the evidentiary foundation is incontestable. I suppose that what you could debate are the analysis and the conclusion. We conclude that based on the evidence, that this is what is happening [organ harvesting]. Somebody else may want different, or more, evidence.

Also, because I am a lawyer, I am used to hearing disagreements. In a typical day, as soon as I argue in court, somebody gets up and disagrees with everything that I say. So I am quite used to hearing people disagree with me, and I am well aware of what is a plausible disagreement and one that is implausible. And I have heard many disagreements with our report, but none of them are what I would call tenable. Most of the disagreements, if not all, come from the government of China or from people who are somehow identified with the government of China and are being supported or prompted by the government of China. This in itself does not undermine the points that they are making, but I think it does show that these people are not disagreeing with our investigation out of intellectual analysis, but out of a set position.

And the kinds of arguments they come up with are hard to take seriously. One of the common forms of argument that I hear, and I’ve heard this over many months, and in many different forms, is that they will put something in quotations, say that we said it, and then disagree with what is in the quotation, but you can look in our report, its not there, what they quote us as saying. So when people say “David Matas said this”, and I don’t say it, then that is not a serious argument, but a very common argument.

For example, I was just in Israel speaking about this issue at a hospital there, and the Chinese embassy circulated some material in opposition to our report at the hospital where we were speaking, and I read it. And what it said is that our report is based on rumors. What they would do is quote something from our report, but then add to the quote the phrase “it is said that,” but that phrase, “it is said that,” is not in our report. This phrase “It is said that”, gives the appearance that we are relying on something without identifying the source, when in fact, in the report, we do identify the source. So what they do is remove the source, replace it with the phrase “it is said that,” and then accuse us of fomenting rumors.

This will not convince anybody who is seriously interested into looking into the merits of the report.

ET: Earlier today at the office of a senator, you mentioned that there were three incontestable points of evidence…

DM: When I say incontestable…What very often happens when I am dealing with governments, politicians, parliamentarians—these are people who don’t have the time or the energy to sit down to go through the report, and they are not sure whether or not it is true.

The way we come to our conclusions is to accumulate a lot of relevant evidence, and then look at it altogether to come to our ultimate conclusion. All the relevant evidence is incontestable. But for someone to determine if all of this is real depends on sitting down and going through all of this, and it takes a bit of time and effort.

What I say to them to short circuit this process is “you don’t have to worry about this, we did the work and you can check it if you want” and we have had people who have done that, including [University of Minnesota’s Dr.] Kirk Allison, and others. But if they don’t have the time to do that, there are three things that are clear, simple, and obvious. One is that the Falun Gong are being persecuted, the second is that the source of the majority of all organs in China is prisoners.

ET: And how do you know that?

DM: Because there is no system of organ donation in China. And also we have the deputy minister of health of the government of China, Huang Jiefu, who makes a statement in a conference in China, and this is in our report, that apart from a small portion of traffic victims, most of the organs from cadavers are from executed prisoners. He also goes on to say that under the table business has to be banned.

And the third incontestable point is that the precautions that should be in place to prevent this type of practice are not in place, not in China, nor around the rest of the world.

ET: If the situation of organ harvesting does indeed not exist, would it be possible for the government of China to step forward and say, “here is the evidence, this phenomenon does not exist”?

DM: Well sure, they would presumably know where the organs come from. They would have a far better likelihood of explaining the source than we would, and it’s one of the strange things, although I’ve seen many Chinese government responses to our report, none of them touches that issue. They never say, “The organs do not come from Falun Gong, they come from somewhere else”. They never say that. That would be the simple and obvious way to refute the report, if indeed the report is refutable.

The sheer feebleness and silliness of the Chinese government’s response to our report does nothing to undercut our convictions that our conclusions are true and in fact does reinforce them.

ET: I’ve also read that this report is somehow anti-China or insulting to the Chinese people, how would you respond to that?

DM: Well, what is China? China is its people and China is its territory, but primarily China is its people. It’s certainly not insulting to the people of China. Quite the contrary, the people of China are the victims. It would be insulting to the Chinese people to ignore their victimization. It is, of course, critical of the Chinese Communist Party, but the Communist party is not China. The communist party is a government that rules by force, is not elected, does not represent the people of China, and violates human rights. This is a communist tactic, to identify the communist party with China itself. The Communist party is very different from China. Because it does not represent China, It only represents itself.

ET: What has been the response of the medical community regarding this issue.

DM: Well the medical community on the whole is horrified, because it is an abuse of their profession. The transplantation society has issued an ethical statement basically saying, no transplants from prisoners period. They do, though, seem to put the onus on anybody claiming that there is harvesting from prisoners. In other words they want proof that this is happening before they cease contact, where it should be the other way around. As long as there is suspicion or reason to suspect that there is this organ harvesting, there should be no contact. And since the reality is that virtually all organ harvesting in China comes from prisoners, then there should be no contact with China, that should be the ethical principal. No contact in the transplantation area with China. And that is not the current stance.

With the World Medical Association, I know that they are actively considering expelling China from the WMA, its on the agenda for the meeting coming up in October, in Copenhagen, but they have not expelled China yet and I think they should have, but at least they are actively considering it.

I have been going to a lot of hospitals at the invitation of doctors who are very concerned. I’ve spoken at hospitals in Montreal, Israel, Belgium, in Mumbai and here as well, so we are getting a fair amount of medical concern, but I think there could be more.

ET: Is your investigation continuing? And is there going to be a third revision to the report?

DM: Well yes it is continuing because we continue to get more evidence. So we are talking about a third version. But my view is that we should do the third version in a book form. The report is geared more toward parliamentarians, government officials, and politicians and there is a real pressure to keep it very short. I thought it would be useful to have a version that deals with the issue in a more expansive form. One that tries to answer all the questions rather than trying to just get people’s attention who don’t have a lot of time. And it should also be more accessible to the general public and the general reader than our current report is.

ET: When the first evidence of organ harvesting came to light. The U.S. Embassy in China took a tour of the “scene of the crime” in a hospital in Sujiatun and found nothing suspicious and this piece of evidence has been frequently used to discredit the entire report. How do you respond to that?

DM: Well the first reaction by the Chinese government came out the very same day as our report did. And their response was that it was all untrue, when they obviously could not have even read it. Their second reaction was after they read it and all they had to say was that there were two errors in the report, that we got two names of cities wrong in two provinces, which we corrected, and it has nothing to do with the allegation. What happens is people pick up on silly little things because they just don’t want to deal with it. Obviously the government of China does not want to deal with it. And others as well, for other reasons. There is a lot of economic interest in China. If you accept our report as true, it is hard to sit back and do nothing, and so many people find an easy excuse to do nothing.

Our report is not about Sujiatun, it’s about what is happening in China generally. The reason Sujiatun arises is because the ex-wife of a surgeon with the pseudonym “Annie” said that her husband had been harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners from 2001 to 2003. Now when someone goes there in 2006, almost three years later, the fact that they don’t see anything does not mean anything. Indeed, even if they were to go there a week later or even an hour later, the operating room would be cleaned up and I would not expect anybody to find anything there, especially after its in the papers and the Chinese government has a chance to put on a show.

There is another thing to mention about Sujiatun, There was an unfortunate mix up that we write about in our second report, we have an appendix about it. There was a sequence of stories in the Epoch Times, I think on 3-16 and 3-23 of 2006. The 3-16 story interviewed an individual with the pseudonym of “Peter”, who talked about a detention area in Sujiatun where Falun Gong practitioners where being held, and he said that their organs were being harvested and he went on to describe the detention area…a three meter tall brick wall with barbed wire on top with a steel door and so on.

In the second week there was a follow up story, an interview with “Annie,” who talks about her husband doing operations in a hospital in Sujiatun. Now you can read the stories and see that although “Peter” and “Annie” are talking about two different facilities, the reporter in the second story assimilates the two, and although “Annie” is talking just about the hospital, the questions are being asked about the concentration camp, and Annie did not correct the questions, she just answered the questions, so these questions in the interview had the assumption built into them that the facility that “Annie” was talking about was the same facility that “Peter” was talking about. And although they are both talking about organ harvesting, they are talking about two different places.

Then the U.S. Consulate goes to the hospital and they can see that there is no wall around the hospital and they can say “not as described,” anybody can see that. But if someone wanted to deal with this issue seriously I think they could pierce through this. In any case this confusion caused a problem, and created an easy way out for anyone who did not want to deal with this issue.

ET: You have recently returned from a trip to Israel, and before you returned I heard it reported that you made a request to the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs to expel the first secretary of the Chinese embassy for incitement of genocide, is that correct?

DM: I raised this issue at a meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The reason this came about was created by a strange sequence of events. The Chinese embassy had heard about this event held at an Israeli hospital and asked the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry to ask the hospital to cancel it, which they did not. They also asked the Foreign Affairs Ministry to ask the hospital to cancel the invitation to me, which again, they did not. Finally they asked the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry to cancel the invitation to a Falun Gong practitioner, who was to sit on the panel, which in this case, they did.

When the Chinese embassy found out that the event was continuing and that I was speaking, they asked to come to reply, and they did, and I have no problem with that, and they attacked me and again I have no problem with that, but they also attacked the Falun Gong, spewing out this anti Falun Gong propaganda that we see all the time, “Falun Gong is an evil cult,” Falun Gong is responsible for mass killings, and so on. To me, this is incitement to hatred, which is in turn leading to these killings of the Falun Gong.

We have identified by name, 3000 different individuals who have been killed by torture, in addition to the tens of thousands, by our estimation who have been killed due to organ harvesting, all because they are Falun Gong. So in my view this is genocide and this type of propaganda is the incitement to genocide. So I have reason to believe that Israel has good reason to be displeased with this individual and that he should be expelled.

ET: You mentioned earlier some recommendations that the U.S. State Department could make to travelers to China for medical transplant, could you explain that?

DM: The U.S. State Department has a travel advisory for China, You can go to its website and see it. It talks about a wide variety of things to alert travelers going to China. But when it comes to Organ Harvesting, nothing—nothing is there, and it should be there. I would say there should be a link to our report. I would say there should be a statement that organs are coming from Falun Gong practitioners, or at least a statement that organs are coming from prisoners and that prisoners are non-consenting. If you get an organ transplant in China, someone is being killed. I think there should be warning like that.

ET: Speaking of consent, is there such a thing as consent for organ donation from a prisoner?

DM: No and this is something that the Transplantation Society has been very good at. They have put out a statement saying that there is no such thing as meaningful consent from a prisoner. Because of the restrictions of liberty in a prison environment, it is impossible to ascertain whether prisoners are truly free to make independent decisions, and thus an autonomous and informed consent for donation cannot be obtained. Therefore the Transplantation Society is opposed to any use of organs from executed prisoners. Obviously if you are dealing with Falun Gong practitioners, there is no consent, but whether it is a Falun Gong practitioner held prisoner or a death row inmate, it is unethical to take organs from either one of them.

ET: My final question, are you advocating a boycott of the Beijing games?

DM: Well what I’m advocating is an end to organ harvesting in China from Falun Gong practitioners. Now, I’m prepared to support any effort that would help that. If a boycott of the Olympic Games is used for that purpose, to advocate an end to this practice, I would say yes. To me it is inconsistent to the Olympic spirit to ignore this.

There are different ways the Olympic games can be used to put the issue across, I would like to see the Olympic committee… well, as you know, there are a number of people in China who cannot participate in the Olympic games in any way, including Falun Gong practitioners. They can’t compete, they can’t coach, they can’t attend, they can’t even be in the neighborhood. I think the Olympic committee should be protesting that.

The Olympic games represent a form of contact with China, I think that we should take advantage of that contact to raise this issue, no matter who is being contacted and no matter in what context. This is happening because the people in China and the government of China are allowing it to happen, and if there is enough protest from enough people, both in and outside of China, it’ll stop. The Olympic Games represent a way to get the message in or out—that this is happening. I think a boycott is one way of doing this.

ET: Thank you very much.

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China’s Me Generation

Posted by Author on August 3, 2007


By SIMON ELEGANT / BEIJING, the Time, Jul. 26, 2007-

Six friends out on a friday evening, the seafood plentiful, the conversation flowing. Maria Zhang — big hoop earrings, tight velvet jacket and a good deal of meticulously applied makeup — starts to describe an island that everyone is talking about off the east coast of Thailand. It has great diving, she says, and lots of Chinese there so you don’t have to worry about language.

Her friend Vicky Yang is hunched over a borrowed laptop, downloading an e-mail from a pesky client on her cell phone. An actuary at a consulting firm, Vicky needs to close a project tonight.

While she phones a colleague, the dinner-table conversation moves on to snowboarding (“I must have fallen a hundred times”) to the relative merits of various iPods (“Shuffle is no good”) and the sudden onrush of credit cards in China.

Silence Chen, an account executive with advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather in Beijing, tells the group he recently received six different cards in the mail. “Each one has a credit limit of 10,000,” he says, laughing. “So suddenly I’m 60,000 yuan richer!” The talk turns to China’s online shopping business, before that is interrupted by the arrival of razor clams, chili squid and deep-fried grouper.

The one subject that doesn’t come up — and almost never does when this tight-knit group of friends gets together — is politics. That sets them apart from previous generations of Chinese élites, whose lives were defined by the epic events that shaped China’s past half-century: the Cultural Revolution, the opening to the West, the student protests in Tiananmen Square and their subsequent suppression. The conversation at Gang Ji Restaurant suggests today’s twentysomethings are tuning all that out. “There’s nothing we can do about politics,” says Chen. “So there’s no point in talking about it or getting involved.”

There are roughly 300 million adults in China under age 30, a demographic cohort that serves as a bridge between the closed, xenophobic China of the Mao years and the globalized economic powerhouse that it is becoming.

Young Chinese are the drivers and chief beneficiaries of the country’s current boom: according to a recent survey by Credit Suisse First Boston, the incomes of 20- to 29-year-olds grew 34% in the past three years, by far the biggest of any age group. And because of their self-interested, apolitical pragmatism, they could turn out to be the salvation of the ruling Communist Party — so long as it keeps delivering the economic goods.

Survey young, urban Chinese today, and you will find them drinking Starbucks, wearing Nikes and blogging obsessively. But you will detect little interest in demanding voting rights, let alone overthrowing the country’s communist rulers. “On their wish list,” says Hong Huang, a publisher of several lifestyle magazines, “a Nintendo Wii comes way ahead of democracy.”

The rise of China’s Me generation has implications for the foreign policies of other nations. Sinologists in the West have long predicted that economic growth would eventually bring democracy to China. As James Mann points out in his new book, The China Fantasy, the idea that China will evolve into a democracy as its middle class grows continues to underlie the U.S.’s China policy, providing the central rationale for maintaining close ties with what is, after all, an unapologetically authoritarian regime. But China’s Me generation could shatter such long-held assumptions. As the chief beneficiaries of China’s economic success, young professionals have more and more tied up in preserving the status quo. The last thing they want is a populist politician winning over the country’s hundreds of millions of have-nots on a rural-reform, stick-it-to-the-cities agenda.

All of which means democracy isn’t likely to come to China anytime soon. And that poses challenges for Western policymakers as they try to engage China without condoning the Communist Party’s record of political repression and its failures to improve the lives of the country’s rural poor. China watchers say the Me generation’s reluctance to agitate for reform is driven in part by a reluctance to tarnish China’s moment in the sun. “They are proud of what China has accomplished, and very positive about the government,” says P.T. Black, who conducts extensive marketing research for a Shanghai-based company called Jigsaw International. The political passivity of China’s new élite makes sense while the good times roll. The question is what will happen to the Me generation — and to China — when they end. ( …… more details from Time.com )

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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 Media Unveils New Evidence of Organ Harvesting

Posted by Author on July 27, 2007


By Gao Feng, Special to the Epoch Times, Jul 26, 2007-Cover of Southern Weekly

Mainland China’s well known media Southern Weekly, published a front page article titled “China Puts A Stop on ‘Organ Transplant Tourism'” on July 19, 2007.

(photo: The Internet version of the Southern Weekly article — “China Puts a Stop on ‘Organ Transplant Tourism'”, from The epochtimes)

The article reported on the recent restrictions imposed on organ transplants performed on foreigners by Chinese hospitals, and exposed the inside story behind these organ transplants in Mainland China, which are performed under the rule of the Communist Party.

A Very Profitable Business

Organ transplants skyrocketed after 1999 and hospitals reaped huge profits.

The Southern Weekly mentioned that “liver transplants increased at a shocking rate: in 1999 only 24 liver transplants were performed; in 2000, the number reached 78, and in 2003, 356 cases. In 2004, 507 liver transplants were performed, breaking the previous world’s record held by the University of Pittsburg Organ Transplant Center in the United States.

Together with the 368 kidney transplants done in the same year, the transplant department in the Oriental Organ Transplant Center has become the largest organ transplant center in Asia. In 2005 and 2006, the figure for liver transplants alone exceeded 600 cases.”

In summary, the liver transplant operations of this hospital began to increase rapidly after 1999. From the period 1999 until 2006, the hospital performed at least 2,000 liver transplants. There were no figures for transplants done in 2001 and 2002.

According to the Southern Weekly , “the dramatic increase in business brought huge profits to the Oriental Organ Transplant Center.

According to previous reports, liver organ transplants alone brought the center at least 100 million yuan (USD 13.2 million) in a year.”

Source of Organs Unknown, Research Thesis Rejected

As to the source of the organs, Southern Weekly gives contradictory information in its report.

The article mentioned “however since the beginning of this year(2007), organ transplants for foreigners ‘took a dramatic downturn.’ At the second level office of the Oriental Organ Transplant Center, Zhu Zhijun(deputy director) appeared anxious. Since the Chinese lunar new year, half a year has gone by, yet the hospital reputed to be Asia’s largest organ transplant center had only performed a total of 15 liver transplant operations, compared to 2006, when the hospital performed 600 liver transplants.”

“Zhu Zhijun also claimed that the dramatic drop in operations was ‘due to lack of organ supplies.’ The organs used in the 15 cases of liver transplants done in this year came from live donors. That means they came from family members.”

One must wonder how did the hospital manage to perform over 600 transplant operations in 2006? What was the source of those organs? With a half year already passed, there have been only 15 organ transplants from family member donors. Why the sudden change?

The report in Southern Weekly also mentioned that “despite the huge number of transplant operations performed, the clinical experience and research results in the area of liver transplants done in China has yet to appear in internationally reputed medical journals.

One of the main reasons for this is that the thesis writer cannot explain the source of the organs. ‘The Transplant Society’ once issued a three page document openly forbidding Chinese scholars from presenting theses or reports on organ transplants at the society’s Congress.”

The above report clearly states that the author of clinical experience reports in China cannot explain the source of organs. If it was from criminals sentenced to death, approved by family members of executed prisoners or from donors, why can’t he explain the source of the organs? In July 2005 at a world liver transplant conference, deputy minister of the Ministry of Public Health, Huang Jiefu, admitted for the first time, that currently the majority of organs in China come from executed prisoners.

“He pointed out that organs were only removed from the dead prisoners after obtaining permission from the prisoner or his family members and was done in accordance with common medical principles. He also said that the Chinese government intends to encourage more family members and the public to donate organs.”

If organs used in organ transplants come from executed prisoners and had the approval of the prisoner or his family members, and if it is in accordance with medical principles, why did the number of organ donors suddenly decrease dramatically in 2007?

Was it because of a drastic decrease in executed prisoners? Or did China abolish capital punishment? What about the 600 liver transplants performed in 2006 that supposedly came from live donors?

Another question arises: “How was it carried out? Were the organs removed first before executing the death sentence?” If that was the case, is this in accordance with medical principles?

Southern Weekly also unveiled the popularity of this lucrative business in China, it has become a common operation in the mainland, “There are over 600 hospitals in China and 1,700 doctors performing organ transplants. In comparison, there are only about 100 hospitals capable of performing liver organ transplants and not more than 200 able to perform kidney transplants in the United States.”

The Southern Weekly article also exposed that the portion of live organ donors in China is less than 2 percent of the total, much lower than the 35 percent in the United States.

Noteworthy is the increased rate of China’s organ transplants, which is more than triple that of the United States. Take kidney transplants as an example, from 1993 to 2002, the average annual increase in China was 14 percent, while in the United States it was only 4 percent.

One may wonder how could such a large number organ transplants depend on such a small group of live organ donors? There is one possibility — an organ market. Where are the organs coming from?

In the Kilgour-Matas Independent Investigation— which thoroughly explored and confirmed China’s organ harvesting program, the authors clearly indicate that “the sharp increase of the number of organ transplants aligns with the time of the persecution of Falun Gong in China.”

As we mentioned previously, the organ donor supply has sharply decreased in 2007, which could be a sign that the regime has started to eliminate evidence and tighten control over hospitals because of the exposure of the crime, and international pressure in 2006.

The Oriental Transplant Center is only the tip of the iceberg, over 1,700 doctors in about 600 hospitals in China were busy making money thru organ transplants during the past six years.

– Original report from the Epochtimes : Mainland Media Unveils New Evidence of Organ Harvesting in China

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(photos) Modern Life of Monk and Nun in China

Posted by Author on July 22, 2007


Secretchina.com (in Chinese)-

Monk and Nun’s life changed in modern China.

Didn’t Sakyamuni expect in 2,000 years ago about what would happen in today’s China ?

Monk (1) - driving car

Car Driving

monk (2) - play game

Game Playing

monk (3) - using computer

Computer Using
monk (4) - watch football game

Watch soccer play for fun

monk (5) - happy

So do nuns

All photos are from SecretChina.com

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