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China Hero Doctor Who Exposed SARS Cover-Up Barred U.S. Trip For Rights Award

Posted by Author on July 13, 2007

By JOSEPH KAHN, New York Times, July 13, 2007-

BEIJING, July 12 — A Chinese doctor who exposed the cover-up of China’s SARS outbreak in 2003 has been barred from traveling to the United States to collect a human rights award, a friend of the doctor and a human rights group said this week.

The doctor, Jiang Yanyong, a retired surgeon in the People’s Liberation Army, was awarded the Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award by the New York Academy of Sciences. His army-affiliated work unit, Beijing’s Hospital 301, denied him permission to travel to the award ceremony in September, Hu Jia, a Chinese rights promoter who is a friend of Dr. Jiang’s, said Thursday.

The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, which is based in Hong Kong, also issued a statement reporting the rejection of the travel request. The doctor could not be reached at his home for comment, and a person who answered the phone in the director’s office of Hospital 301 said the situation was unclear, declining to provide further details.

Dr. Jiang rose to international prominence in 2003, when he disclosed in a letter circulated to international news organizations that at least 100 people were being treated in Beijing hospitals for severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. At the time, the Chinese medical authorities were asserting that the entire nation had only a handful of cases of the disease.

The revelation prompted China’s top leaders to acknowledge that they had provided false information about the epidemic. The health minister and the mayor of Beijing were removed from their posts.

SARS eventually killed more than 800 people worldwide, and the government came under international scrutiny for failing to provide timely information that medical experts said might have saved lives.

Dr. Jiang was initially hailed as a hero in Chinese and foreign news media. He used his new prestige in 2004 to press China’s ruling Politburo Standing Committee to admit that the leadership had made a mistake in ordering the military to shoot unarmed civilians on June 3 and 4, 1989, when troops were deployed to suppress democracy protests that began in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Dr. Jiang, who treated Beijing residents wounded in the 1989 assault, contended that the official line that the crackdown was necessary to put down a rebellion was false. His statement antagonized party leaders, who consider the crackdown a matter of enormous political sensitivity.

Jiang Zemin, then the leader of the military, ordered the detention of Dr. Jiang, who spent several months in custody, people involved in his defense say. Dr. Jiang was eventually allowed to return to his home but remained under constant watch. He has not been allowed to accept press requests for interviews or to visit family members who live in the United States, friends and human rights groups say.

Mr. Hu said that Dr. Jiang’s superiors at Hospital 301 had told him that he could not travel to New York to collect his award because the ruling Communist Party was seeking to maintain an atmosphere of social and political stability in the period leading up to the 17th Party Congress in the fall, when party leaders decide on a new leadership lineup.

“There is always some big political event they can use as an excuse to put pressure on human rights defenders,” Mr. Hu said. “The real reason is that they want to keep him under house arrest so he has no opportunity to speak the truth to the outside world.”

– Original report from New York Times: China Bars U.S. Trip for Doctor Who Exposed SARS Cover-Up

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International Pressure Forces China Organ Transplant Stipulation

Posted by Author on July 11, 2007

By Wen Hua, The Epoch Times, Jul 09, 2007-

On July 3, 2007, three days after the Regulations on Human Organ Transplant became effective, China Ministry of Health released the Stipulation of Organ Transplant Requests from Foreigners. This stipulation stresses that foreign applications for organ transplants must be approved by the Ministry of Health.

This gesture, as commented by critics, is a response from Chinese authority to the rising pressure from overseas demanding that “the Olympic Games and crimes against humanity shall not happen simultaneously in China.” It is not clear whether this regulation will be put into practice though, as the comment says.

No Transplants For Foreigners Without Approval

According to the Xinhua News Agency, the stipulation states that medical units and their personnel may not perform organ transplants for foreigners who come to China as travelers. Medical units, which are going to perform organ transplants for foreign residents, must report to the provincial health department and acquire approval from the Ministry of Health.

Donated organs in China will be provided preferentially to Chinese citizens as well as the residents of Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. For patients from these three places, medical units still have to report to the provincial health department prior to surgery.

The stipulation also states medical units shall not release any advertisement of organ transplants in any way except those that are stated in the Regulations of Medical Advertisement.

International Coalition Urges China to Respond by August 8

On May 30, the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) expressed that it will lead the effort to boycott the 2008 Olympic Games if the Chinese Communist regime fails to give a satisfactory response to the three appeals before August 8, 2007. One of the appeals pertains to the organ harvesting of live Falun Gong practitioners.

CIPFG is a global human rights organization. The objective of the coalition is to conduct a thorough and independent third party investigation, to uncover the truth about the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong, and to investigate the harvesting of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners.

Currently, the coalition has branches in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The majority of its 300+ members are VIPs in various countries from political, legal and medical professions, human rights and other non-government organizations.

Many witnesses and independent investigators have verified that concentration camps for large-scale harvesting of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners indeed exist in Mainland China. With the involvement of the Chinese army, many hospitals transplant these organs into foreign patients, who can afford the expensive operations (most of these foreign patients come to China as travelers, and can “find” suitable organs in as little as a couple of weeks).

In regards to this, the CIPFG presented three formal requests to the CCP:

1. Release all the imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners;

2. End all repressive measures against people supporting and protecting Falun Gong adherents, such as attorneys Gao Zhisheng and Li Hong;

3. Allow an independent investigation of the allegations of China’s trade in organs harvested from live Falun Gong adherents.

CIPFG stresses that the Olympics and crimes against humanity cannot coexist in China, otherwise it will desecrate the Olympic spirit.

A Superficial Response from the Chinese Authorities

Several commentators have called the notice from China’s Ministry of Health a superficial and passive response to international pressure. Since the exposure of organ harvesting, the CCP has tried to cover it up. For example, after the exposure of the Sujiatun incident, the CCP delayed investigation for three weeks and waited until it had removed and destroyed all evidence before sending the “invitation” to investigators.

Chinese authorities have always denied using organs from executed prisoners. It only passively admitted that various levels of local hospitals had used organs “donated” from “volunteer” soon to be executed prisoners, when it could not account for tens of thousands of organ transplants performed in China each year. This was their excuse to deny the allegations of organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners.

Now, investigators have obtained much first-hand material. For instance, foreigners, who are now receiving post transplant treatment in their own countries, have disclosed the transplants they had received in China. Hence the CCP is forced to tacitly admit that various local medical institutions had conducted transplants for foreign visitors in the past.

Analysts point out that this notice from the Ministry of Health not only indirectly confirms that China has been a large organ supplier in recent years and hence has attracted many foreigners to have organ transplant operations in China, but also shifts the responsibility to local medical institutions of various levels, as if these illegal transplants had nothing to do with the Chinese authorities.

Analysts believe that at least from the legal perspective, there are no more legal loopholes now for these murderers to take advantage of, and that they are no different from Nazis in control of the concentration camps in the past,. However one has to wait and see whether China can truly put an end to the crime of organ harvesting.

There is only a little over a month left before the August 8th deadline set by CIPFG. How the Chinese authorities will respond to the international community’s condemnation is another test of the Chinese officials’ consciences. Otherwise, the movement from around the world to boycott the Beijing Olympic Games will have a far-reaching impact.

original report from the Epochtimes

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(photo) Great Wall of China: Voted as New 7 Wonders of The World

Posted by Author on July 9, 2007

Great Wall of China was announced as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World on July 7, 2007,  in Lisbon, by New 7 Wonders of the World, based on an online poll attracted over 100 million votes cast from people in 200 countries.

All photos below are credited to saad from flickr.

Great Wall of china (1)

The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortifications in China, built, rebuilt, and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties.

Several walls, referred to as the Great Wall of China, were built since the 5th century BC, the most famous being the one built between 220 BC and 200 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. That wall was much further north than the current wall, built during the Ming Dynasty, and little of it remains.

The Great Wall is the world’s longest human-made structure, stretching over approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles) from Shanhai Pass in the east to Lop Nur in the west (of China) , along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia (the northern province of China).

It is also the largest human-made structure ever built in terms of surface area and mass.

Above excerpt  is from Wikipedia

great wall of china, 2

Other six world Wonders are:

Chichén Itzá, Mexico

Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

Machu Picchu, Peru

Petra, Jordan

The Roman Colloseum, Italy

The Taj Mahal, India.

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Larggest repatriating case in Hong Kong history: 260 taiwanese denied entry

Posted by Author on June 30, 2007

According to Taiwan Falun Dafa Association, massive repatriate happened in Hong kongrepatriated Falun Gong protested in hong kong airport has reach the record in history.

Till 6:00PM of Jun. 29, 2007, about 260 taiwanese Falun Gong members denied entry in hong kong and forced repatriated. The number is keep on rising.

Hong Kong Falun Dafa Association will sue the Hong Kong government on Jun. 30.

Chinese government ordered to control all the medias including Chinese and English medias in Hong Kong to reduce the impact of this incident to minimum.

There’s a lot reports from the western medias these days admiring Hong Kong’s status of politics and freedom, by ignore the large incident that is happening.

Till now, there are only 3 media reports on this incident available : from AFP, Taipei Times, and San Diego Union Tribune, which is sourced from REUTERS.

All the other western medias, including AP, UPI, AAP and CP, keep silence, in front of this shocking case.

Are they waiting for the Chinese Communist Party’s order?

Photo above: Taiwanese Falun Gong members protesting in Hong kong airport. They were denied entry by hong kong government, which is according to a blacklist with their name on it owned by Hong Kong.

Chinese report can be found from the Epochtimes here

Leaked fax: How 140 Taiwan Falun Gong members denied entry in Hong Kong, press release,, 6/28/2007
US asks Hong Kong to maintain freedom after Falun Gong incident, AFP, Jun. 27, 2007
Taiwan Slams Hong Kong Human Rights Backward on Falun Gong Travel Ban, Radio Taiwan International, Taiwan, 06/27/2007
Blacklist: Hong Kong Turns Away 40 Taiwan Falun Gong Activists, San Diego Union Tribune, June 27, 2007

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Leaked fax: How 140 Taiwan Falun Gong members denied entry in Hong Kong

Posted by Author on June 29, 2007

Press release, Falun Dafa Information Center, 6/28/2007-

NEW YORK – Hong Kong’s immigration authorities have blocked over 140 Taiwanese practitioners of Falun Gong from entering the region in the days leading up to a scheduled annual protest, the Falun Dafa Information Center has learned.

On July 1, Hong Kong will mark the tenth anniversary of the Special Administrative Region’s return to Chinese rule, a date on which officially-sponsored celebrations are annually accompanied by large-scale marches and protests demanding greater freedom and democracy in Hong Kong.

The Falun Dafa Information Center has obtained a copy of a fax sent from Hong Kong’s immigration authorities to a Hong Kong airline. Through July 1, “Falun Gong followers will be regarded as unwelcome travelers to Hong Kong,” the fax states. The immigration authorities promised to provide the airline with a blacklist of Taiwanese Falun Gong adherents, who would be refused entry upon arriving in Hong Kong. The authorities requested that these people be prevented from boarding their flights from Taiwan.

According to the AFP news service, the US State Department issued a statement in response to the incident urging Hong Kong authorities to uphold “personal and political freedom.” (news) Several Taiwanese government officials, including Government Information Office Minister Mr. Shieh Jhy-wey, also condemned Hong Kong’s actions. (news)

Since 2001, approximately 400 Falun Gong practitioners, including children, have been refused entry to Hong Kong, usually around “sensitive” dates. These people traveled to the Hong Kong SAR in order to participate in legal, peaceful protests meant to call for an end to the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong adherents in China. Under the “One Country, Two Systems” policy, Hong Kong and Macau are the only places in China where such protests can generally take place without being violently broken up by police.

Over the past year in Hong Kong, agents allegedly working for the communist regime in Beijing have threatened Falun Gong practitioners and vandalized their public displays that aim to expose the persecution in China. Practitioners in Hong Kong also report difficulties renting venues for events and say their protests are met with silence by the Hong Kong media.

“This continuous attack on Falun Gong under the influence of the Chinese communist regime is an insult to the people of Hong Kong and a slap in the face of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ promise,” says Erping Zhang of the Falun Dafa Information Center.

“It’s a shame Hong Kong leaders continue to kowtow to help the Chinese communist regime hide its crimes and silence innocent victims,” Zhang says.

In 2003, the Hong Kong Immigration Department denied using a blacklist when it barred from the SAR 80 Taiwanese Falun Gong practitioners who had come to attend a conference. Many of the 80 Taiwanese say they were violently deported in the incident, which has since led to a lawsuit filed against Hong Kong immigration authorities.

– original report: Bowing to Communist Regime Pressure, Hong Kong Blacklists Falun Gong – Leaked Fax Details Plan to Bar Falun Gong from Airline Flights

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China Confiscates Every Single Muslims’ Passports in Xinjiang

Posted by Author on June 29, 2007

Radio Free Asia, 2007.06.27-

HONG KONG—Authorities in northwestern China have begun confiscating the passports of Muslims, mostly ethnic Uyghurs, in an apparent bid to prevent them from making the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, local residents and officials say.

An officer who answered the phone at the Tengritagh district public security bureau [police department] of the Xinjiang regional capital, Urumqi, said local residents were required to “register” their passports with local neighborhood committees, the basic building blocks of social control in China.

“The authorities of local residential offices are collecting the passports,” he told RFA’s Uyghur service.

“Local residential offices are collecting the passports in order to register them…The authorities will keep the passports for the public. If they want to go to other countries, they can come to fetch their passports. The authorities will give the passports back to them accordingly.”

Officials working together

“The [passports] will become invalid if they do not hand them in.”

An official at a neighborhood committee in a town near the city of Kashgar confirmed the move, adding that passports were being collected only from Muslims, especially the Uyghur people.

“Today is the 18th,” the official said. “We were told to collect them within five days, and we’ve just started this afternoon … the Muslims’ and the Uyghur people’s passports.”

“I think the word is that it is to prevent some problems, like preventing people from going on the Hajj pilgrimage. So, that is why they are collecting [them],” the official said.

He said local governments, provincial government, and the police were cooperating to accomplish the task.

“Here what’s happened. They’ve ordered us to collect all the passports within five days and the authorities will finish investigating and registering the passports within 20-odd days. The authorities are not only collecting a few people’s passports…They are collecting all the passports. We do not really know what is happening in other parts of Xinjiang,” he added.

“Every Muslim who owns a passport must hand it to the authorities.” (…… more details from Radio Free Asia’s report )

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Taiwan Slams Hong Kong Human Rights Backward on Falun Gong Travel Ban

Posted by Author on June 28, 2007

Radio Taiwan International, Taiwan, 06/27/2007-

The government says the state of human rights and democracy in Hong Kong has declined since its return to China in 1997. The statement comes after more than forty Falun Gong practitioners from Taiwan have been barred from entering Hong Kong in recent days.

Twelve travelers from Taiwan were turned back from Hong Kong on Monday despite holding valid visas. Others claim immigration officials, airlines and ticketing agents have halted their trips, apparently because their names appeared on a blacklist.

Some of those not allowed to travel had intended to protest this weekend. July 1st marks the tenth anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China after 150 years of British rule.

Cabinet spokesman Shieh Jhy-wey criticized the crackdown on Wednesday.

Shieh said, “This (event) surely proves that human rights and democracy have declined in Hong Kong since its return to China ten years ago. It should also serve as a warning to the people of Taiwan. For all the talk of ‘one country, two systems,’ in reality it is Beijing controlling the pace of democracy and human rights and essentially holding them back.”

The religious movement Falun Gong is banned in China, where it is regarded as a cult. The movement remains legal in Hong Kong however.

original report from Radio Taiwan International

–  Taiwan Human Rights Lawyer Denied Entry in Hong Kong, AFP, Jun. 24, 2007

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Blacklist: Hong Kong Turns Away 40 Taiwan Falun Gong Activists

Posted by Author on June 28, 2007

REUTERS, via San Diego Union Tribune, June 27, 2007-

TAIPEI – Hong Kong has turned away more than 40 Taiwan Falun Gong practitioners ahead of China-Hong Kong handover anniversary events this weekend, travellers and a Taiwan official said on Wednesday.

Since Sunday, travelers who could normally expect to enter Hong Kong said immigration officials there as well as airline and ticketing agents in Hong Kong and Taiwan have halted their trips, apparently because their names appeared on a blacklist.

‘The Falun Gong blacklist is very open,’ said Chu Wan-chi, a Taiwan lawyer and practitioner of the spritual movement outlawed by Beijing. She was barred from traveling.

Some of the people not allowed to travel had intended to protest this weekend on the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China after 150 years of British colonial rule.

Since about 2000, the spiritual movement Falun Gong has struggled with Chinese officials for recognition. The movement remains legal in Hong Kong.

Chinese President Hu Jintao is scheduled to visit Hong Kong during the weekend. Chinese officials see protests as disruptions of their public appearances and ceremonies.

‘To not let them in is regrettable,’ said Taiwan cabinet spokesman Shieh Jhy-wey, adding that human rights in Hong Kong had declined under Chinese rule.

‘This kind of situation shouldn’t happen.’

The Hong Kong immigration department spokesman’s office had no immediate comment.

– original report from San Diego Union Tribune: Hong Kong turns away Taiwan Falun Gong activists

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China handbag: Actress Cameron Diaz Apologize to Peru for Maoist Slogan

Posted by Author on June 27, 2007

By Ray McDonald, VOA News, Washington, 25 June 2007-Actress Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz said she was sorry for carrying a Maoist handbag in Peru.

(photo: Cameron Diaz , with handbag slung over shoulder, walks on streets of Cuzco, 19 Jun 2007 – from VOA NEws website)

The actress issued a June 24 apology for visiting the ancient Incan city of Machu Pichu carrying an olive green bag emblazoned with a red star and the slogan “Serve The People” in Chinese. It was perhaps the most famous slogan of Communist leader Mao Zedong.

Marketed as fashion accessories elsewhere, the bags evoke painful memories in Peru of the Maoist Shining Path insurgency movement.

It fought a bloody conflict with the government in the 1980s and 1990s, leaving nearly 70,000 people dead.

“I sincerely apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended. The bag was a purchase I made as a tourist in China and I did not realize the potentially hurtful nature of the slogan printed on it,” Diaz said in a statement e-mailed to the Associated Press.

The voice of Princess Fiona in the “Shrek” movies said she was participating in “4 REAL,” a Canadian television show focusing on young leaders around the world.

“I’m sorry for any people’s pain and suffering and it was certainly never my intention to reopen what I now know is a painful wound in this country’s history,” she said. Diaz also praised Peruvians’ beauty and warmth and said she wished “for their continued healing.”

– original report from VOA News : Apologizes to Peru for Fashion Faux Pas

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Taiwan Human Rights Lawyer Denied Entry in Hong Kong

Posted by Author on June 27, 2007

AFP via Yahoo! News, Jun 24, 2007-

HONG KONG (AFP) – A top Taiwanese member of Falun Gong was Monday repatriated after being denied entry to Hong Kong to protest in the run-up to the 10th anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese rule.

Theresa Chu, a lawyer, arrived in the territory on Sunday evening but was refused entry because her visit was “not conducive to public good,” she was told by an immigration officer, said the Hong Kong Association of Falun Dafa, part of Falun Gong.

An officer at the airport immigration department told AFP that Chu, who had successfully entered the former British colony last week with a valid travel document, was repatriated on Monday morning.

She could not be reached on her Hong Kong mobile phone but Kan Hung-cheung, a spokesman at Falun Dafa, said she had appealed the decision.

He said more than 100 Taiwanese members of Falun Gong, outlawed in China as a dangerous sect, have also been denied entry here for a series of protests planned in the run-up to the anniversary of the handover on July 1.

It was not the first time Chu has had difficulties getting into Hong Kong. In 2003, Chu and more than 80 other Falun Gong practitioners were denied entry on arrival to attend the group’s activities.

She is one of the plaintiffs in a joint application involving Taiwanese and Hong Kong practitioners for a judicial review of refused entries.

China outlawed the Falun Gong, which combines meditation with Buddhist-inspired teachings, as an “evil cult” in mid-1999 and practitioners have subsequently faced often brutal repression.

There are an estimated 300,000 Falun Gong adherents in Taiwan.


– original from Yahoo News : Top Falun Gong member barred from Hong Kong

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A Chinese Tourist Spend $38,000 at Paris Airport on Alcohol

Posted by Author on March 23, 2007

From correspondents in Paris, The Australian website, March 22, 2007-

A CHINESE man bought carry-on wine and spirits worth a record 23,000 ($38,100) at Paris airport’s duty-free shop, including a bottle of 1806 cognac that might have slipped through the fingers of Emperor Napoleon.

The 15-minute duty-free shopping spree included a €5000 bottle of cognac dating back to 1806, when Napoleon ruled France, airport officials said.

The tourist also splashed out on a bottle of epic 1945 Chateau Mouton Rothschild red wine with a price tag of €13,800 before boarding a scheduled flight to Beijing. Other items in his hand-luggage included a bottle of 1900 Armagnac.

“Most people buy regular wines from Burgundy and so on, but we know this gentleman quite well. He is a collector and an illustrator,” said saleswoman Lynda Chong.

“He didn’t seem terribly surprised at the price. In a quarter of an hour he made his purchases and left,” she said.

The shopper’s name was not disclosed.

With travel rebounding from a recession, the operator of Charles de Gaulle airport, ADP, has started stocking up with luxury items and hired 20 personal shoppers to cater to wealthy tourists from China, Japan and Russia.

“Recently we got a collection of rare wines, but it’s the first time I’ve seen a sale like this,” said Ms Chong, who has been serving hurried travellers at duty-free firm Aelia for 20 years.

The wine takeaway brought less cheer to the French taxman. By holding off his purchases until the departure gate, the Chinese collector saved sales tax worth €4275, Ms Chong said.

original report from The Australian

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The Politics of Ethnic Culture on China’s Southwest Borders

Posted by Author on February 26, 2007

By Sara L. M. Davis, Japan Focus, February 23, 2007-

An American researcher examines how the requirements of political assimilation have threatened the unique culture of China’s Tai minority, and the Tai response.

In 1997 I arrived on China’s southwest borders planning to spend a year researching ethnic minority folklore. The only problem, as I discovered when I arrived, was that there didn’t appear to be any.

Instead, government culture bureaus and Chinese entrepreneurs had turned the region into an adults-only playground for tourists—most of them male Chinese urbanites traveling in groups.

Sipsongpanna, Yunnan was peopled with dancing women in tight sarongs, swaying palm trees, exotic fruits and peacocks. Perhaps equally important were plentiful and inexpensive alcohol, drugs, gambling, jade and sex workers. While many tourists visiting southern Yunnan province came for the illicit pleasures, they spent their days attending performances staged for Chinese and foreign tourists—living dioramas in state-run “ethnic theme parks,” dances in “ethnic dining halls,” reconstituted “living ethnic villages” and the like.

But these performances were not just the product of commodified tourist shtick, as they might have been elsewhere. They were also official policy: direct outgrowths of the government’s intervention over decades in creating, pruning and regulating public expressions of minority ethnic identity.

At first I concluded, as many visitors to the region had before me, that these plastic performances—swaying girls in tight dresses, peacocks in overcrowded zoos and deforested green hills—were all that was left of local culture. However, while many ethnic minorities in Sipsongpanna participated and profited from the state-approved marketing of their ethnic identity, behind the scenes was simultaneously a roiling debate among some ethnic minorities about who they were and what their “real” culture was and should be.

In hundreds of temples springing up across the region, senior monks were initiating new monks and reviving nearly obliterated Buddhist traditions. Young men were writing and performing rock songs about social issues in the minority language for crowds of thousands. Women oral poets were performing epic oral narrations in minority languages for crowds of thousands.

However, it required persistence to gain access to this subterranean ethnic culture. Ethnic revival in China, I learned, had to be done carefully, below the government’s radar, in order to avoid political repercussions.

Understanding the strange gap between the “front stage” of performances for tourism and the “back stage” of ethnic revival in Yunnan took time. Eventually, it also required slipping back in time in order to understand the context in which this gap had first appeared.

I had come to Jinghong to study folklore, but found it could not be separated from this context of modernization, contest and debate. The book I eventually wrote was titled Song and Silence, because while my clunky field tape recorder captured a lot of songs, I soon found there were many silences—things that could not be said, or would not be said, about the realities of life as a Tai in China……

more details from Japan Focus

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Opinion: Murders in China to Harvest Human Organs

Posted by Author on February 1, 2007

Martin Barillas, Spero News, Thursday, February 01, 2007-

A report by Canadians David Matas and David Kilgour show systematic murder of Falun Gong members by Chinese government to “harvest” human organs; China admits to harvesting from “prisoners”.

Canadian investigators released a report January 31 that makes shocking allegations about China’s totalitarian government. Long-rumored and feared, it appears that China may have indeed added to its catalogue of crimes against humanity that of actually “harvesting” – that is to say, removing – organs from unwilling human beings. According to the report, members of the Falun Gong cult of China – a native spiritual movement in opposition to the communist government – are especially targeted.

David Matas, a human rights lawyer from Ontario Canada, and David Kilgour, a former Canadian Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific region, conducted the investigation at the request of the Washington DC-based Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of the Falun Gong.

The Chinese Deputy Minister of Public Health, Huang Jiefu, admitted at a conference held in the Philippines in 2005 that organs are indeed taken from executed prisoners. However, it was this week that the Health Ministry spokesman Mao Qunan admitted, despite previous and repeated denials, that organs are being “harvested” from prisoners. That this unethical practice is extended specifically to Falun Gong members is an issue that this latter-day Mao has managed to skirt.

Anyone who has paid attention to China over the last decade will have noted the considerable gains in wealth and productivity in the world’s most populous country. That China has displaced a good number of manufacturing and garment jobs from the US and other countries is also no secret. Fortunes are being made in China on the backs of workers who are not allowed to dissent or organize. And fortunes are being made in the West, especially by retailers such as Wal-Mart and Kmart, who sell goods produced by exploited labor to willing Americans and Europeans.

But it would seem that the West has forgotten just how murderous the Chinese government has been since Mao Tse-tung came to power in the early 1950s. According to the Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression by Stepháne Courtois, et al., Chinese communists have been responsible for killing more innocent people than either Adolph Hitler or Joseph Stalin were able to do in toto. Millions of peasants, intellectuals, missionaries, political enemies, and others were swept up into China’s decades-long murderous rampage. Women who bear more than the one child allowed by the Chinese government are forced to abort their unborn children. Christians who belong to churches of which the government disapproves must worship in hiding for fear of beatings, torture, long prison sentences, and disappearances. Tibetan Buddhists fleeing from their Chinese-controlled homeland are shot as they try to escape to neighboring Bhutan, India, and Nepal.

As the recent report on organ-harvesting notes, China directs its ire especially at the Falun Gong, Christians, Tibetans, Buddhists, and minorities. But it is Falun Gong that receives special attention. Those of Falun Gong who self-identified were treated viciously after the famous Tianamen Square protests. Once arrested, they were tortured and taken to their home districts where their family members and co-workers were also singled out for having been exposed to the Falun Gong contagion.

Patients receiving harvested organs such as livers and kidneys come from China and abroad. They are told to report to surgery just scant hours before going under the knife. Often conducted at night, surgeons and attending nurses remain anonymous while patients are not allowed to see any documentation that the organs received are from volunteers. In the cold calculation of China’s ever more prosperous communist masters, the transaction of organs harvested from prisoners (presumably having had the organs removed while they were still alive) is an merely an efficient and profitable use of a human resource that would otherwise go to waste.

There is little evidence left of these crimes. The bodies of victims are cremated and no word is given to loved ones of their disposal. The operating rooms where the murders and transplants occur look like any others.

The report had to rely on testimony from the recipients of organs, statements by the Chinese government, as well as Falun Gong. The authors did not visit China to conduct the investigation but have offered to go in order to corroborate or disprove the horrific allegations.

But it all bears the mark of veracity. After the horrors of the Holocaust, no thinking person can entirely discredit reports of murder at the hands of totalitarians. You the reader are therefore warned: Just as in the late 1930s and during the Second World War when reports came out of Germany of the gassing of homosexuals, Jews, Gypsies, Poles, and mental cripples, you must take heed. The people of China cry havoc. Will they be heard?

Info: Report on Organ Harvesting in China

Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and human rights observer who served in Latin America, Europe, and the US. He is Religion News editor for Spero News and blogs

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Study: China’s Army Harvesting Live Organ

Posted by Author on February 1, 2007, Thursday, February 01, 2007-

China’s military is harvesting organs from unwilling live prison inmates, mostly Falun Gong practitioners, for transplants on a large scale — including to foreign recipients — according to a study.

The report’s authors — Canada’s former secretary of state for the Asia Pacific region David Kilgour and human rights lawyer David Matas — implicated dozens of hospitals and jails throughout China in July, after a two-month investigation.

Chinese officials denied those allegations.

Matas and Kilgour’s second report, released today, includes interviews with organ recipients in 30 countries and Canadian hospital staff who cared for more than 100 patients who had undergone suspicious transplant surgeries in China.

“The involvement of the People’s Liberation Army in these transplants is widespread,” Kilgour said at a press conference.

Like many civilian hospitals in rural China, military hospitals turned to selling organs to make up for government funding cuts in the 1980s, the report said.

But military personnel could operate with much more secrecy, it said.

“Recipients often tell us that even when they receive transplants at civilian hospitals, those conducting the operation are military personnel,” the report said.

Hospitals in Canada’s biggest cities — Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto — confirmed “a substantial number” of Canadians had travelled to China for dubious organ transplants, Kilgour said.

“We’re in the three digits, up over 100 (from Canada each year), and the trend is accelerating,” Matas said.

To curb what they called a “disgusting form of evil,” the pair asked pharmaceutical firms to stop selling organ anti-rejection drugs to China.

They also asked countries to post travel advisories warning about China’s alleged organ harvest, asked states to cease offering follow-up care for patients who had dubious organ transplants in China and asked foreign doctors to cut ties with their Chinese counterparts suspected of such practices.

The authors said states should enact legislation to ban citizens from traveling to China for organ transplants from unwilling donors, although they admitted that such cases would be difficult to prosecute.

original report from

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Canadians Should Be Told Chinese Organ Transplants Unethical

Posted by Author on February 1, 2007

Canadian Press ( CP ), Wednesday, January 31, 2007-

OTTAWA (CP) – A former member of Parliament and a high-profile immigration lawyer are calling on the Foreign Affairs Department to issue an advisory warning Canadians off of travelling to China for organ transplants.

Former Liberal MP David Kilgour and David Matas, an immigration lawyer and senior legal counsel to B’nai Brith Canada, say they have overwhelming evidence that Chinese officials are killing Falun Gong practitioners and harvesting their organs for transplant.

The pair have travelled to 30 countries since issuing a report last July on the issue of Chinese organ harvesting and they say they have doubled the evidence they had that unconscionable practices are taking place.

They said one former patient told them he was given eight kidneys over two months before one finally worked, and he claimed he was told by the Chinese military doctor who performed the transplant that the organ came from an executed prisoner.

Xiaohua Wang, an engineer now living in Montreal, says he and other practitioners of Falun Gong – a discipline banned by China’s communist government – were tortured, brainwashed and subjected to suspicious organ examinations and blood tests while he was imprisoned in a labour camp for two years.

Matas and Kilgour say they have documented cases of Canadians from Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver travelling to China for transplants and they say Foreign Affairs should be telling prospective patients headed to China that the organs they receive are likely to be acquired by unethical means.

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Hong Kong’s Draw for Pregnant Women from China

Posted by Author on January 31, 2007

By Vaudine England, in Hong Kong, BBC News, Wednesday, 31 January 2007-

Mrs Huang chose to give birth to her second child, a girl, in Hong Kong, even though she comes from Guangdong province, across the Chinese border.

If she had given birth at home, she would have faced penalties of about $10,000 (£5,000) for breaking China’s One Child policy.

“It all depends, there’s no standard. If you have money then the penalty will be much heavier,” she said.

So the $2,500 she paid for three days and two nights in a Hong Kong hospital was a good deal.

Ward Manager Nancy Chan, at Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital maternity ward, said 35 new patients had arrived in the past 24 hours – a rate that is now normal.

It did not use to be like this. Ms Chan remembers when there were more nurses and fewer mothers, allowing for more personal care.

But in 2001, Hong Kong’s highest court ruled that a child born in Hong Kong to parents who came from China had the right to residency in Hong Kong.

At first glance, that seems an insignificant perk for babies who are already citizens of China.

But Hong Kong’s history as British colony and now special administrative region of China means it is much richer, and has a reliable welfare system. Gaining the right of abode in Hong Kong guarantees rights to virtually free healthcare, education and housing.

It also means a range of complexities.

Mrs Huang, for example, will be leaving hospital as soon as her paid-for package expires. But her baby girl is still under paediatric care so will stay in the hospital.

Mrs Huang is not a Hong Kong citizen but her new baby is, so the baby gets virtually free mothering at the hands of Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s nurses until it is time for Mrs Huang to come to take her away.

Mrs Huang is lucky because she has relatives in Hong Kong who help her with accommodation.

She can get a three-month visitor’s pass to Hong Kong quite easily so while she intends to bring up her baby in China, she can pop back to Hong Kong whenever she feels the need.

Border checks

But from 1 February, new rules mean women like Mrs Huang will find it more difficult to come to Hong Kong to give birth.

After an influx of about 20,000 non-local women to Hong Kong’s hospitals last year, the government has taken a series of measures to help stem the flow.

Mainland mothers who look heavily pregnant will have to show immigration officers a hospital booking confirmation alongside their visitor’s visa. If they do not have the booking, they will not be allowed in.

The government has also raised the charges for delivery in Hong Kong, and plans to beef up nursing numbers with fresh funding and training.

The key is to require women to have a medical history in Hong Kong before allowing them in to give birth.

The higher costs may deter some women. But Mrs Huang said the increased charges are still less than the penalties she would have faced for having a second child in China. ( more details from BBC News)

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Don’t Discuss China Politics Topics With Chinese Tourists – French Official

Posted by Author on January 6, 2007

By JOHN LEICESTER, The Associated Press / International Herald Tribune, France, January 4, 2007-

PARIS: Here is a French government tip on how best to do business with the Chinese: Do not mention Tibet, Taiwan or the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.

The advice, offered in a new guide co-produced by France’s Tourism Ministry and its tourism promotion agency, has provoked sharp criticism from human rights and free Tibet campaigners.

The 65-page guide, “Chinese tourists: How best to welcome them?” is designed to help French businesses tap into the boom in Chinese tourism by offering an array of do’s and don’ts.

Do put out soy sauce and chili paste so Chinese tourists can spice up French dishes, “which they can find bland,” says the guide that Tourism Minister Leon Bertrand launched last month.

But do not put Chinese tourists in hotel rooms with the number four, which is associated in China with death, and do not turn up late for business dinners, because that is “an insult,” the guide also advises.

And do not mention politics, the guide says. “Avoid speaking about Chinese politics, for example: The events on Tiananmen Square, strategic questions of Taiwan or of Tibet,” it says.

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of unarmed protesters were killed when the Chinese army cleared the square in the heart of Beijing of student demonstrators on June 4, 1989. China has threatened to use force to assert its claim of sovereignty over the self-ruling island of Taiwan and has been accused of widespread human rights abuses in Tibet since it invaded the Himalayan territory in 1950.

Francis Perrin, a spokesman for Amnesty International in France, said the French ministry’s advice was consistent with the softer approach that France and other European Union governments have adopted toward China’s human rights record in recent years — while China’s growing economy has held out the prospect of lucrative contracts for the West.

“Various governments, including France, use kid gloves to accommodate China on these extremely sensitive political questions,” Perrin said. But “nothing is won in the long-term by brushing key issues under the carpet.”

A spokeswoman for France’s League of Human and Citizens’ Rights, Elisabeth Alles, called the guide’s political tip “completely scandalous.” Marcelle Roux, head of the campaign group France Tibet, called it “shameful.”

The guide’s cover bears the logos of the French tourism promotion agency — Maison de la France — and of the Ministry of Transport, Equipment, Tourism and of the Sea, with the slogan of the French republic, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.”

Franck Paillard, vice director of communication for Maison de la France, defended the guide’s political tip, but acknowledged that the aim was to avoid subjects that could anger Chinese visitors.

“It is not that we do not want to discuss them, it is more that they apparently are bothered by it,” he said.

France’s Foreign Ministry distanced itself from the guide, saying in a statement to The Associated Press: “It is evident that this brochure does not in any way translate into a change of policy with regard to China.”

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Letter: “Yin Yang Boundary” between China and Hong Kong

Posted by Author on December 30, 2006

By Hua Xiong, to, Dec 25, 2006-

My nephew is a director of a hospital. He and some hospital staff, totaling about a dozen people, visited Hong Kong for couple days in October. When he came back, he told me what he had observed. He said the following:

Having been in Hong Kong has really broadened his outlook. It is like a completely different world. I am not going to say much about Hong Kong’s prosperity, its local customs and practices, or its places of historic interest and scenic beauty, etc. The most memorable and amazing thing for us is that Falun Gong is public and legal there. Everywhere we went, Falun Gong practitioners were telling the truth about what’s going on and promoting their practice by distributing flyers and discs.

Marine Park was extremely exciting and very special, there is one section of road about 70 to 80 meters long with “Falun Gong” banners & drawings on both sides of the road. Big banners saying “Heaven Will Eliminate The CCP, Only By Quitting The CCP Can One Be Safe” could be seen everywhere. The book titled “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” was broadcasting on the tweeter ……

Because this was the first time that we came to this special administrative region, we were really a little bit surprised when we saw things like that. Some staff asked me: “President, can we accept those materials?” I said: “Since everyone else has the freedom to do so, so can we.” Then they asked me again: “Can we read them?” I said: “As long as we can accept them, then of course we can read them.”

Back home, we also get some “Falun Gong” materials occasionally, but not like today. We got The Epoch Times newspaper, The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, Dissolving the CCP’s Culture, some CD/DVDs and other materials. Some of the materials we have never seen or heard about back home. We were all so delighted that we could hardly bear to put them down.

Some people stopped walking and sat down to read the materials. When the tour guide saw this, he said: “You can’t do this, hurry up, there are so many other places to go!” One Chinese tour guide told us: “Those people who distribute materials receive a salary from the U.S. government.” Once I heard this, I felt there was something wrong because my husband’s brother practices Falun Gong and he often tells me: “Our Dafa practitioners are risking being arrested, beaten up, sentenced or even our lives to save people. The money we use for those materials are all saved from food and living expenses.”

So I asked that Chinese tour guide: “Can we ask how much salary they get each month?” The tour guide’s face turned red all of a sudden, he said: “Hurry up! Catch up with your team.” People all laughed at him.

When we were leaving Hong Kong, we were not expecting it when the Chinese tour guide suddenly told us “All tourists, please hand over all Falun Gong propaganda materials and throw them into the garbage can. If you are found to have even one piece of paper on the plane, you will be sentenced to jail for seven days and fined 5,000 yuan (US $600). You won’t be allowed to post bail until your work unit issues a certificate.”

We were shocked and spontaneously asked him, “Why?” The Chinese tour guide said “Do not complain, this is the Chinese Communist Party’s order, explanation is not needed. If you don’t obey, you will have to accept the consequences. In short….there is a yin yang boundary here.” ( – original report from the epochtimes’ website)

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China: Cultural Tower Facing Collapse Due To Underground Mining

Posted by Author on December 28, 2006, 12/26/2006-

China Youth Daily reported on December 21 that Hongji Tower inside of Hongji Temple is about to collapse due to underground coalmine work. Hongji Tower sits in the Town of Yitang near Jiexiu City of Shanxi Province. It was built in the Tang Dynasty and Jiexiu City lists it as a preservation monument.

The nine-floor-tower is reportedly leaning towards the Northeast. Serious cracks were found in the ground on the north side of the tower, which has started to sink. Other buildings inside the Hongji temple also have various degrees of damage. The once busy tourist sight is left with two people caring for it.

It was reported that there are mines right underneath the tower. Two coalmine have been built on the north and the south side of the Yinding Mountain area. Thus the coalmines underneath the Hongji Tower are no longer used.

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Airports closed, thousands stranded by China fog

Posted by Author on December 27, 2006

Reuters, Dec. 26, 2006-

BEIJING, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Thousands of passengers across eastern, northern and central China have been stranded after heavy fog closed airports and hundreds of flights were cancelled, state media said on Tuesday.

Highways were also closed and in some cities, such as Lanzhou in the northwest, authorities issued pollution alerts and warned people not to go outside as smog had worsened the situation, Xinhua said.

“In some provinces, people are advised to wear masks as the heavy smog contains pollutants like carbon monoxide,” Xinhua said.

Airports in Nanjing, Hangzhou and Hefei in China’s east and Jinan in the north either closed completely or cancelled most flights, it said, stranding around 20,000 people.

“No flights have taken off since this morning,” an official at Nanjing airport said by telephone, adding he not know when the situation would return to normal.

The fog is expected to dissipate as freezing air from Siberia moves across China, Xinhua said, though temperatures would fall by up to 10 degrees Celcius (50 degrees Fahrenheit)

Two people died in road accidents caused by the poor weather, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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Thick fog envelops Beijing, much of north China

Posted by Author on November 20, 2006

Reuters, 20 Nov 2006-

BEIJING, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Heavy fog enveloped the Chinese capital and much of north China on Monday, forcing the closure of highways across an area as large as Britain.

Since the fog started late on Sunday, police have shut down parts of six highways near Beijing and a ring road on the outskirts of the city, Xinhua news agency said.

“Downtown traffic has not been greatly affected,” it added. The foggy conditions were exacerbated by pollutants in Beijing, known for its chronic poor air quality and where coal-fired heating systems compound exhaust from millions of automobiles in the winter months.

The semi-official China News Service said the fog had hit an area of 218,000 square km (84,170 square miles), spanning across seven provinces in the country’s north and east.

Visibility in parts of the provinces of Liaoning, Shandong and Jiangsu had been a mere 200 metres, delaying more than 40 flights at the airport in Liaoning’s capital city Shenyang on Sunday, Xinhua said.

The fog was expected to ease in the capital and in the nearby port city of Tianjin, where airports have maintained normal operations, on Monday evening when a cold front and strong winds are forecast to arrive, it said.

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Beijing Intensify Arrest of Appellants During National Day Weekend

Posted by Author on October 5, 2006

By Zhao Zifa and Feng Changle, Epoch Times Staff, Oct 04, 2006-

To properly welcome this year’s October 1 National Day, Beijing authorities began theirOver 20 police and armed police guard every entrance to the Tiananmen Square arrest of appellants a dozen days in advance. On October 1, an unprecedented number of police guarded bus stops and roads near Tiananmen Square to make arrests. Few people succeeded in staging a protest.

(photo: Over 20 police and armed police guard every entrance to the Tiananmen Square on October 1 to arrest potential appellants. -The Epoch Times)

Appellants Publicly Beaten by Beijing Appeals Offices, Raided by Police

Officials nationwide traveled to Beijing to intercept appellants from their areas. They blocked entrances to the appeal offices of the State Bureau for Letters and Calls, the National People’s Congress, the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Construction. Appellants were beaten and arrested by hired thugs. On October 1, officials intercepted appellants gathered in front of the Tiananmen police station and marched away the arrested appellants before they were registered by the police, in order to reduce the number of recorded appeals from their region.

According to a veteran appellant, the Beijing authorities have raided the appellants’ almost razed village many times on September 20 and 26, and at least several hundred people had been arrested. He also claims the authorities have become slier in making arrests and try to catch people off guard.

According to a veteran appellant, the Beijing authorities have raided the appellants’ almost razed village many times on September 20 and 26, and at least several hundred people had been arrested. He also claims the authorities have become slier in making arrests and try to catch people off guard.Police conducting bag and body searches on Tiananmen Square.

(Photo: Police conducting bag and body searches on Tiananmen Square. They arrest people as soon as they discover materials for making appeals. – The Epoch Times)

On the night of September 26, Beijing police arrested over 300 appellants and took them away in three buses. Those who escaped that raid went back to sleep in their hotels after seeing the police withdraw. However, the police came back for another surprise raid an hour later.

Wang Zhiyong, who went to Beijing on September 20 with over 200 appellants from Shanghai, was arrested when filing an appeal at the State Bureau for Letters and Calls on September 27. Thirty-eight other Shanghai appellants were arrested with him. At the Dazhalan hotel near Tiananmen Square, another 20 some of those Shanghai appellants were also arrested. Wang said that over several hundreds of Shanghai appellants were arrested in Beijing before October 1.

Authorities Tighten Control for Upcoming Plenary Session

The Chinese Communist Party will hold its Sixth Plenary Session of the Sixteenth Central Committee of the Party from October 8 to 11 in Beijing. Shanghai has already begun detaining appellants. Beijing human rights defender Liu Anjun, a serviceman, and threePolicemen questioning foreigners. other appellants in different areas have already been monitored by the Beijing authorities and have their lost freedom of movement.

Appellants in Beijing who came from other areas said they heard that those arrested would be detained until the conference is over.

( photo: Policemen questioning foreigners. – The Epoch Times)

Appellants Crying Out for Justice at CCTV Were Arrested

On the morning of October 1, over 100 appellants from across the country gathered in front of the China Central Television (CCTV) station to appeal for justice. They were forcefully dragged into police vehicles by public security officers, security officers and plain clothed police, and transported to Majialou. The appellants were released after 7 p.m.

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China’s ‘cruelty olympics’ causes international outrage

Posted by Author on September 29, 2006

by BRENDAN MONTAGUE, Daily Mail, UK, 29 September 2006-

A bear struggles to retain its balance while gripping the two metal hoops, which lookcruelty olympics, China, 29th September 2006 more like shackles than acrobatics equipment, as a wildlife park worker looks on and laughs.

This is just the latest shocking picture to emerge from the Animal Olympic Games which is being held in China, a country with a shameful animal rights record.

Chimpanzees are forced to play basketball and apparently lift huge weights, while a docile brown bear is dressed in a tutu while navigating a makeshift obstacle course in one of the strangest events ever to be staged.

(photo from  Daily Mail news report )

The photographs are published for the first time today following outrage at earlier images which showed kangaroos being forced to take part in boxing matches with their supposed keepers and a monkey cycling while tied by the collar to the children’s bike.

Other events at the ‘games’ include a sea lion high jump and a tug of war between an elephant and members of the audience, with more than 300 animals taking part.

The forth of the biannual events at the Shanghai Wildlife Park has attracted thousands of visitors, including rapturous school children, but has provoked outrage and serious concerns among animal rights groups the world over.

And the ‘cruelty Olympics’ are being held just before the human Olympics take place in Beijing. The Captive Animals’ Protection Society will be writing to the Chinese Ambassador in London to complain about the event.

Craig Redmond, the UK based campaigns manager, said: “The abuse of the animals is clear. The bears, for example, will be very distressed at being forced to wear muzzles, chained and made to fight.

“The macaque money is chained and the kangaroo has a harness too. The things these animals are being made to do are not natural acts, and there will no doubt be cruelty involved in making them perform these tricks.”

Shirley Galligan from the Born Free foundation added: “This is degrading for the animals, insulting to our intelligence and a disaster for any possible chance of increasing respect for the wild animals we share the world with. The Shanghai Animal Olympics is about domination and manipulation.”

The protests from animal rights groups has been felt by the Chinese Government, which is keen to improve its reputation among the international community in terms of both animal and human rights. This year’s Olympics could therefore be the last.

China rabies outbreak triggers second dog cull, August 5th, 2006

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