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China’s Latest Leadership Ranking Change- Hu and Wen Moved Up, Jiang Zemin Lost Standing

Posted by Author on July 27, 2013


Frequently, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) leadership ranking is displayed in public and it shows who the top dogs are.

Recently, Sichuan Agricultural University academic, Zhou Kaida’s funeral, the CCP top brass attendees’list had big changes. Hu Jintao was listed behind Xi Jinping, Wen Jiabao was behind Li Keqiang. Hu and Wen ranked on 2nd and 4th position. Read the rest of this entry »

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News Advisory: Congressman Chris Smith, House Members and Groups to Address China’s Abysmal Human Rights Record at a Tuesday Press Conference at 2 p.m

Posted by Author on January 18, 2011


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             Contact: Jeff Sagnip (202) 225-3765
Jan. 17, 2011                                               http://chrissmith.house.gov

Press conf. set for Tues., Jan. 18 @ 2 p.m.
Smith, Human Rights Leaders to Speak
to Hu Jintao’s Human Rights Record
Gao Zhisheng’s wife, Tibetan Buddhist, ex-prisoners to speak

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The arrival of Chinese President Hu Jintao Tuesday to visit President Obama has prompted Congressman Chris Smith, other House members and human rights groups to address Hu’s harsh policies and China’s abysmal human rights record at a Tues. press conference. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why I Protested Hu Jintao at the White House- Former News Reporter’s Account

Posted by Author on January 17, 2011


By Wenyi Wang-

On April 20, 2006, I interrupted remarks by China’s paramount leader Hu Jintao at a press conference at the White House with a simple protest: I shouted and held up a banner.

In my protest I shouted two phrases in Chinese. I first shouted “Stop the persecution of Falun Gong.” I did so to try to stop an atrocity then unfolding in China. We had learned that the harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners in China was accelerating. Read the rest of this entry »

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Photos: Canada hotel erects a eight-foot high wall in main entrance for Hu Jintao– to block vision of protesters

Posted by Author on June 24, 2010


See how a dictator is isolating himself from the people, and you will know what’s difference between free world and dictatorship.

“The Westin Hotel in Ottawa has erected a roughly eight-foot high cream-coloured, wooden wall in front of its main entrance on Colonel By Drive for the “safety and quiet enjoyment” of visiting Chinese leader Hu Jintao and his delegation, says the hotel’s General Manager John Jarvis.” (The Epochtimes)

The Great Wall has been moved from China to Canada !

The Westin Hotel in Ottawa, prior to the arrival of Chinese leader Hu Jintao (above). The same hotel shown in Google street view without the wall placed in front (below). The hotel manager says the wall was erected for the "safety and quiet enjoyment" of Hu and his delegation. (Top -Lin Yue/The Epoch Times & Street View/Goolge maps)

Detail story from the Epochtimes

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China’s latest mystery: Hu Jintao and the vanishing micro-blog

Posted by Author on February 24, 2010


Jane Macartney in Beijing, Times Online, Feb. 23, 2010-

China’s President startled the internet at the weekend by opening a micro-blog – the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Fascinated netizens began signing up at the rate of more than ten people a minute. But a day later the account of Hu Jintao disappeared.

A brief pro-forma note this morning on the empty site, hosted by the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily Online, said simply: “This item cannot be found, the author may have erased it.”

That fails to explain the mystery of the president’s missing micro-blog.

Did the famously cautious leader of 1.3 billion people decide he wasn’t ready for such open interaction? Has he joined the ranks of those censored by the Great Firewall of China? Was it a case of identity theft? Had the People’s Daily failed to carry out the proper checks? Or was it a simple computer error?

A newspaper report on the sudden disappearance offered two official explanations. One was that the site simply crashed under the onslaught of 1,000 people an hour signing up to follow President Hu’s micro-blog.

The second was that a recent upgrade created an automatic micro-blog for anyone who had registered their identity in the People’s Daily chatroom – as the president did for an online conversation with the public on June 20, 2008.

A notice on the website said all “Strong Country VIP” accounts were temporarily suspended to allow confirmation of the identities.

Whatever the case, the outcome is a severe embarrassment for People’s Daily Online. Today, would-be micro-bloggers were unable to register new accounts, at least for the moment, despite the notice that said users were still welcome despite the apparent overload the day before.

Registered followers of President Hu will be disappointed. He had yet to post a single blog before the site disappeared……(The Times)

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China’s President Skips Twitter, Opens State-tied Microblog

Posted by Author on February 23, 2010


Owen Fletcher, IDG News Service, Via PC World, Feb 22, 2010 –

Chinese president Hu Jintao has opened a microblog, adopting the technology despite his government’s work to stifle free speech by microblog users in China.

Twitter has been blocked in China since last year and authorities are asking its Chinese rivals to censor messages posted by users, adding another page to China’s playbook for quashing discussion of certain political and other sensitive topics online.

Hu’s microblog is on a service run by the People’s Daily, the official paper of the ruling Communist Party, and is only visible to registered users of the service. Hu had not made any posts as of Monday, but thousands of people were signed up to receive his messages, according to reports by local media including the Global Times.

Posts visible to the public on the microblog site showed many users saying they had just created accounts after hearing Hu had done so as well. Some users wished Hu a happy Chinese New Year.

Hu’s account had no picture but listed his political titles. It was not clear when the account was opened.

U.S. President Barack Obama has a Twitter account and other global political figures keep microblogs as well. Hu is the first elite Chinese official to open a microblog but he and other officials, including Premier Wen Jiabao , have previously appeared in online chat sessions targeted at the public. The government has sought to emphasize that it supports the growth of the Internet even though police monitor it for sensitive content, like discussion of elite government corruption or the banned spiritual group Falun Gong, and Web companies can be punished if they allow users to post such information.

Google, which is number two in China’s online search market, last month said it plans to stop censoring results on its China-based search engine, even if that means being forced out of the country. The move threw global attention on China’s censorship policies. Google has said it is in talks with Chinese authorities but has not yet removed the filters on Google.cn.

The PC World

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China Uses Obama’s Visit to Portray Itself

Posted by Author on November 21, 2009


The Age, Australia, Nov. 21, 2009 –

HOURS after Barack Obama landed in Beijing and headed downtown, a cavalcade of black sedans drove out the other way.

China’s security chief, Zhou Yongkang, was heading against the traffic to meet an old Sudanese friend who has been accused of genocide in Darfur. Zhou’s three-day visit to President Omar al-Bashir coincided with Obama’s time in Beijing with President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. It was a vivid statement of how differently the US and China might view the world when they are running it together.

Obama had brought some of his heaviest hitters to enlist China in confronting ”the major challenges of the 21st century, from climate change to nuclear proliferation to economic recovery … challenges that neither of our nations can solve by acting alone”.

Over the three days Obama and Hu spoke positively of each other’s efforts but struggled to list concrete achievements on any of Obama’s priorities. The US leader and his team spoke bravely if not convincingly about China being receptive to its message on Iran, North Korea and Pakistan and Afghanistan. Sudan never made it to the list. On China’s human rights, both sides plainly disagreed.

”I underlined to President Obama that given our differences in national conditions, it is only normal that our two sides may disagree on some issues,” said Hu.

For the Chinese state, even if the leaders failed to forge a personal rapport or policy breakthrough, it was a priceless three-day opportunity to manoeuvre a US president on their stage and project an image of China on top. By some accounts, China’s single highest diplomatic priority was not reducing the threat of rogue nuclear weapons on its doorstep or preventing the next economic meltdown, but getting Obama to say ”Tibet is part of China” on Chinese soil.

In Chinese diplomacy, form and content can be hard to disentangle. China is a ”ritual state”, says Australian National University China historian Geremie Barme. It is ”tirelessly reassuring itself and whoever is watching of its own stature and stateliness”.

Not all Chinese were impressed by their ”ritual state” going to extraordinary lengths to prevent Obama from engaging freely with the Chinese public. To many, particularly among internet-savvy youth, the contrast between Beijing’s insecurity and Obama’s natural confidence was instructive. ”They put a condom on the President of the United States,” wrote Wang Yukun at Sina, a popular website.

Obama handled Beijing’s strictures with grace but it wasn’t easy going. Bashir, in Khartoum, found security chief Zhou Yongkang to be a more obliging dance partner.

Zhou’s team unveiled the first Khartoum-Beijing direct flights, opened a Confucius Institute, signed an agriculture deal and agreed to jointly pump more oil.

The world is familiar with how Obama’s agenda in China was constrained by his own domestic politics. He had slapped tariffs on Chinese tyre imports and was not ready for a legally binding climate change agreement at Copenhagen – something that China sees as in its national interest.

But Hu was also weighed down by domestic political challenges. In 1995 Zhou was working his way to the top of China’s biggest oil company, Petrochina. Zhou and oil industry veteran Zeng Qinghong persuaded then president Jiang Zemin to exploit Sudan’s oil reserves at a time when Western companies could not afford the political or reputation risk, according to several Chinese oil industry and foreign policy sources.

”You are the important promoter of the Sudan-China oil project, the Sudanese people have special affection towards you,” said Bashir, on Thursday’s CCTV report. ”Sudan-China oil co-operation not only brought Sudan oil but also peace.”

Zhou left Petrochina in 1998 and Jiang stepped down from the presidency in 2002. But Chinese institutions can be shaped as much by invisible ties of patronage as official lines of power. Oil industry sources and foreign policy strategists say Zhou continued to hold the reins of China’s oil industry for many years after his official title changed. Some strategists claim that an ”oil gang” also drove the Chinese Government’s more recent forays into Iran’s oil and gas fields and even obstructed efforts by Hu and others to support international sanctions against Sudan and Iran.

Zhou now heads China’s secret and public security agencies and justice system. He is Jiang’s most important ally and therefore a factional rival of Jiang’s successor, Hu. Jiang’s allies also head China’s propaganda apparatus and possibly form a majority of the all-important Central Military Commission. Unfortunately for Obama, most of the concessions he would have liked from Hu happen to be on turf the Chinese President does not confidently control. Hu has to juggle the interests of factional rivals, giant state-owned corporations and an increasingly demanding bureaucracy. Hu could not unilaterally commit to what Obama appeared to put most effort into – a threat of sanctions against Iran.

Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, told an unimpressed White House press corps that Obama had never expected that ”the waters would part and everything would change over the course of our almost 2½-day trip to China”.

Gibbs was in damage control but he also had a point. The US cannot lead as it used to and has no choice but to give China a more proportionate say.

John Garnaut is China correspondent.

The Age

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China Censors News of Party Head’s Son

Posted by Author on July 24, 2009


Radio Free Asia, 2009-07-24 –

HONG KONG— Chinese authorities shut down sections of two major Web portals in the wake of news reports that President Hu Jintao’s son is linked to a Namibian graft probe, industry sources said.

The popular Web sites 163.com and Sina had their technology sections closed simultaneously Tuesday, with messages announcing that they did not exist.

State-run media ignored the reports.

“It was probably around 11:00 a.m. [on Tuesday] that we were unable to visit the technology sections of 163.com and Sina,” a former employee at one of the portals said.

“This really is not normal. A quick keyword search confirmed that the report [about a graft probe involving President Hu’s son, Hu Haifeng] had been posted on both of those technology sections, and that other Web sites were linking to it,” he said.

The industry source said: “Both sections were back online at around 5:00 p.m. My sources had told me they expected the two sites to be closed for at least a day.”

The report related to Hu Haifeng had been deleted from both Web sites when their technology sections came back online.

Allegations of graft

Namibia’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has called on Hu Haifeng, who headed state-controlled Chinese security equipment provider Nuctech until last year, to assist in the investigation into the disappearance of millions of U.S. dollars linked to a government supply contract in Namibia.

Two Namibians and a Chinese national were arrested last week in Namibia as part of a probe into bribery allegations involving Nuctech, a company headed until last year by Hu’s 38-year-old son, Hu Haifeng, who is now Communist Party secretary of Nuctech’s parent company.

Their arrest was followed swiftly by the suspension of the country’s defense force chief amid allegations that he too was linked to the Nuctech case.

Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba said in a statement: “The decision to suspend Lieutenant General Martin Shalli stems from serious allegations of irregularities, which must be thoroughly investigated.”

Namibian media reported on Thursday that Shalli was accused of allegedly having millions of Namibian dollars transferred to him, through a third party, by the Chinese company.

Nuctech representative Yang Fan and two Namibians, Teckla Lameck and Jerobeam Mokaxwa, were arrested after Namibia’s ACC said they had taken money from a U.S. $12.8 million down payment on security scanning equipment, which Nuctech was supplying to the Namibian government, financed by a Chinese government loan.

The supply contract and loan were inked on Hu Jintao’s 2007 trip to Namibia……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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Photoshopped Fake Image of China Leader Published In News By State-run Agency Xinhua

Posted by Author on July 28, 2008


By Xue Fei, Epoch Times Staff, Jul 27, 2008-

Mainland China Internet surfers have always suspected China’s state-run media of extensively using the popular graphic editing tool Adobe Photoshop, but they did not expect the artificial contrivance to be so noticeable.

Recently, the Chinese regime’s state-run media agency Xinhua News published a photo of regime leader Hu Jintao visiting Qingdao, which shows two identical faces in the crowd. Upon careful examination, the pavement in front of and behind Hu is different, and the Caucasian man on the far left is not really looking at Hu [see left]. The image is actually a compilation of two photos.

(Photo: “Twins” found in Xinhua News Agency photos; discrepancies highlighted / Screenshot of web page/ The Epochtimes)

The ‘Photoshopped’ image was published in the Xinhua article “Chinese President Inspects Preparatory Work for Olympics Sailing Event.” The article implied that the algae bloom in the Qingdao Olympic regatta venue was very serious since Hu did not go to the seaside, but a photo of a sail (right of image) is added by Xinhua to prove the “good news” of his so-called visit.

More than 3 million posts have appeared in online Chinese forums and message boards regarding the photo. Later, Xinhua ordered other media not to use the photo without any explanation or apology.

It is not the first time that Xinhua has allegedly ‘Photoshopped’ news photos. In May, during Hu and his wife’s farewell meeting with the emperor of Japan, Mrs. Hu was sitting too close to her interpreter and the interpreter was blocked, making for an awkward and confusing photo. Xinhua News was dissatisfied with the photo and decided to remove the interpreter from the photo, only leaving her chair. However, they forgot to remove her feet, which appeared under the chair [see right]. This photo was published in the Chinese newspaper Jiefang Daily and was jokingly called “Two people with six legs” by the public.

(Photo at right:

The unedited (top) and edited (bottom) versions of Xinhua’s photos with Hu Jintao and his wife’s visit to Japan. (Xinhuanet (top) / Internet screenshot (bottom))

– Original report: Who Photoshopped Hu? , The Epochtimes

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China’s Hu Jintao, one of 39 predators of press freedom in 2008

Posted by Author on May 3, 2008


Reporters Without Borders, May. 2, 2008-

For the past seven years Reporters Without Borders has exposed the world’s “predators of press freedom” – men and women who directly attack journalists or order others to. Most are top-level politicians (including presidents, prime ministers and kings) but they also include militia chiefs, leaders of armed groups and drug-traffickers. They usually answer to no-one for their serious attacks on freedom of expression. Failure to punish them is one of the greatest threats to the media today.

There are 39 “predators of press freedom” this year……. (more)

As secretary-general of the ruling Communist Party as well as president, Hu (Jintao) aims to develop a “harmonious society” and combat “hostile elements.” The government’s propaganda department and the secret police, both controlled by hardliners, work to stop the media reporting freely on increasing unrest in the country and to stop dissidents expressing themselves freely online.

Former Communist Party Chief in Tibet in the 1980s, Hu ordered the security forces to crush Tibetan demonstrations, in March 2008, and to close the Himalayan province to the foreign press and tourists.

Since he became China’s leader in 2002, he has cracked down on human rights activists, cyber-dissidents and independent journalists. Although he allowed the release of journalists Ching Cheong and Yu Huafeng, the Chinese president has done nothing to prevent the arrests of scores of dissidents and bloggers, including Hu Jia, who called for greater freedom ahead of the Olympic Games……. (more)

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Flak For Hu Jintao On Organ Harvesting in China

Posted by Author on September 7, 2007


Hamish McDonald, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, September 6, 2007-

ALONG with the leaders of the Asia-Pacific region, all the issues they want to sweep under the carpet are coming to Sydney.

Activists are raising all the human rights abuses said to be occurring in their countries – even those of animals in the case of the Japanese and whales.

China’s leader, Hu Jintao, faces the most disgusting allegation if it is true – that his hospitals, military, judges and police are culprits in harvesting organs from jailed members of the banned Falun Gong movement, who are killed to order for an export transplant trade.

The unlikely activists putting this as a credible charge are two earnest Canadians, who are in town to cause maximum embarrassment for the Chinese delegation. David Kilgour took up the issue last year as he finished 26 years in the Canadian House of Commons, where he started as a Conservative, then joined the Liberals and finished as an independent using his swing vote to get a Canadian peacekeeping commitment to the Darfur crisis in Sudan.

David Matas is a lawyer based in Winnipeg noted for his work in immigration, refugee and international human rights cases.

Although their travel is financed by Falun Gong members and concerned individuals, they say they get no payment and don’t belong to the group – Kilgour is a Presbyterian and Matas is Jewish.

One of many new religions and spiritual groups that swept China after the collapse of Marxism, Falun Gong’s doctrine is a synthesis of Buddhism and wacky science fiction but most of its members get comfort from daily meditative breathing exercises.

The Communist Party leadership got alarmed when 15,000 adherents staged a sitdown protest outside their Beijing compound in April 1999 over criticism of the Falun Gong founder in the state media. A sweeping ban since mid-1999 has seen tens of thousands of members sent to labour camps and brainwashing centres.

Early last year Falun Gong began reporting that jailed members were being killed, their organs harvested, and sold to foreign recipients.

The American State Department and an activist group on China’s labour camps sent visitors to a military hospital in Shenyang where this was said to be practised, but found nothing – “As you expect,” says Kilgour.

The two Canadians took up a request to investigate and have produced a report they admit doesn’t have “ironclad proof” of the allegation, but which paints a disturbing picture making it believable. Since then, a Chinese vice-minister of health, Huang Jiefu, has acknowledged prisoners sentenced to death provide most of the organs for transplants.

The Canadians say this doesn’t add up. China admits to about 1600 executions a year, but does some 10,000 transplants a year, for fees from US$30,000 ($36,500) for corneas to $US180,000 for a liver-kidney donation, according to one centre in Shenyang.

The “donated” organ arrives within a couple of weeks of the patient checking in, compared with years of waiting in home countries. The transplant is usually done in a military or police hospital, with minimal disclosure about donors.

The Canadians supervised calls to several hospitals by Mandarin speakers purporting to be acting for patients seeking urgent transplants, getting some doctors and officials to admit taking organs from young and healthy Falun Gong prisoners.

The publicity has led to a decline in foreigners seeking transplants in China, including Australians, they claim. “Once they are aware that donors are being killed on demand, like lobsters in some horrible restaurant, they don’t want to be involved,” Kilgour said.

– Original report from The Sydney Morning Herald: Flak for Hu on organ harvesting

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(photos) 5 Major Chinese Medias, Same One Editor?

Posted by Author on August 24, 2007


On Last Sunday August 19, 2007, five large Chinese official medias published at same time with almost exactly same front page with a little bit difference at bottom of the paper – same layout, same news report, same title, same size of font, same pictures- shocked not only westerners, but also many overseas Chinese. The story and the photos of 5 copies of the newspapers were first appeared on Duowei Blog– a blog server hosted outside mainland China.

“Does the 5 medias have same one editor? Certainly it does”, the Blog said.

Everyone who familiar with China would know who is the the only one editor- the Propaganda Department of Chinese Communist Party.

A news professor said, it seems we have go back to 30 years ago under Mao’s control.

A reader comment on the blog: Its still shocking to put the 5 paper together to have a look, though I knew all of the medias in China are mouthpieces of the government.

The 5 “medias” are: People’s daily, Economy Daily, Beijing Daily, Liberation Army Daily, Guang Ming Daily.

There were 2 stories reported in the shocking front pages:

– upper right corner, in the small place, is the instruction from Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao: “Use whatever possible efforts to rescue the the trapped miners”

– at center front page, with 2 large pictures, is the report of “Chairman Hu Jintao” visiting Kazakhstan.
People's daily

Above: upper left corner of the paper says in 4 red words “People’s daily”- the largest mouthpiece of the Communist party- which has nothing to do with people.

Economy Daily, aug.19, 2007

Above: Economy Daily

Beijing Daily

Above: Beijing Daily

Liberation Army Daily

Above: Liberation Army Daily

Guangming Daily

Above: Guang Ming Daily- the second largest mouthpiece of China government.

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Free Speech Is Bad News For China Censors

Posted by Author on August 2, 2007


By Edward Cody, from The Washington Post, via Seattle Times, August 2, 2007-

BEIJING — According to a report circulating among Beijing intellectuals, Li Changchun, China’s senior propaganda official, went to President Hu Jintao recently suggesting a ban on the July issue of the magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu.

The scholarly monthly had published a daring article by a Communist Party professor saying the party’s monopoly on power was the “root cause” of many of the ills afflicting modern-day China, including corruption and peasant unrest.

Although Hu has shown a restrictive attitude toward free speech, he counseled tolerance this time, the report said, advising Li it was better to have such debate in the open rather than let it ferment under the surface. The magazine remained on the stands.

The incident was the latest in a string of setbacks for Li and China’s propaganda bureaucracy.

An explosion of negative news — tainted-food exports, slave labor at brick kilns, political challenges and supposedly cardboard dumplings — has pained party censors and renewed demands for ideological and political discipline among China’s journalists.

“News-publishing professionals must … voluntarily commit themselves to upholding the sacred mission and glorious responsibility bestowed on them by the party and the people,” said an order issued last week by the party’s main propaganda organizations.

The order was issued in response to a Beijing Television broadcast last month reporting that a fast-food restaurant had mixed cardboard with pork in stuffing its steamed dumplings. The report caused a sensation among Beijing residents, who cherish their dumplings.

Authorities quickly branded the broadcast a hoax. The reporter, Zi Beijia, was identified as an inexperienced temp and jailed, and party officials scolded journalists for lax ethics and needlessly stirring up worries.

Chinese authorities have been particularly sensitive recently about how the party is portrayed. In part, the concern has arisen from a desire to radiate a good image for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. But more important, officials have begun the countdown to a crucial party congress in the fall.

After a recent meeting of top Beijing propaganda officials, the capital’s newspaper editors and TV-news directors were handed a list of newly off-limits subjects, journalists said. The list included food safety, riots, fires, deadly auto accidents and bloody murder cases.

Report from  Seattle Times

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China Hu Promotes Himself Mao Fashion for Hong Kong Parade

Posted by Author on July 1, 2007


Chinese president Hu Jintao donned Mao garb to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the last day of British rule

Michael Sheridan, the Times, UK, Jul.1, 2007-

CHINA’S president, Hu Jintao, made a political fashion statement when he marked the 10th anniversary of the last day of British rule in Hong Kong by reviewing his troops on the old Royal Navy base yesterday.

The Chinese leader, a civilian who normally wears suits, put on an olive green uniform of the kind worn by Mao Tse-tung to take the parade of 1,900 Chinese soldiers, sailors and airmen on Stonecutters Island, where British signals intelligence monitored China from the 1930s to 1997.

Hu was taken across Hong Kong’s harbour to the island from the five-star Grand Hyatt hotel under intense security.

China is celebrating 10 years since the handover from Britain with carefully scripted events that exclude foreign governments and emphasise China’s sovereign rule.

Elaborate measures have been taken to shield the Communist leader from pro-democracy protesters and members of the Falun Gong sect who remain free to demonstrate against him.

His schedule has been kept secret and so nervous are his bodyguards that they were thrown into a panic when Hu posed for an impromptu photograph with students. Last night police blocked about 100 pro-democracy protesters who tried to reach his hotel.”

“Image control was the order of the day,” said the South China Morning Post, describing Hu’s engagements as “a variety of publicity gimmicks”. These included a ping-pong game and a “spontaneous” visit to local families. One such family was taken aback when the general secretary of the Communist party and head of the Central Military Commission offered to perform a Mongolian dance for them and proceeded to do so in their small council flat.

Officials controlled all video footage of Hu’s meetings with Sir Donald Tsang, the chief executive of Hong Kong, who held high office in the colonial administration of the last British governor, Chris (now Lord) Patten.

Hu does not yet have the authority of Deng Xiaoping, the man who agreed with Margaret Thatcher on the “one country, two systems” formula for Hong Kong. It led to Britain handing over power in a midnight ceremony 10 years ago at which the Prince of Wales recorded his impressions of the Chinese delegation as “appalling old waxworks”.

This week a commemorative statue of Deng, who died before the event, has been unveiled in Hong Kong. It happens to be a waxwork.

– original report from TimesOnline.co.uk: Hu promotes himself Mao fashion for Hong Kong parade

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Hu Jingtao and Protests Mark Hong Kong 10th Anniversary

Posted by Author on June 30, 2007


By James Pomfret, Reuters, Jun 30, 2007-

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Rights activists planned to try to give a letter urging a reassessment of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown to China President Hu Jintao on Saturday as he visited Hong Kong for the 10th anniversary of its return to China.

Hu landed in the former British colony on Friday and the normally buttoned-down leader has been on in a charm offensive to try to win over Hong Kong’s citizens, many of whom have been calling for direct elections in the city in 2012.

Security around Hu has been tight, and an organiser of the group planning to march to Hu’s hotel with the petition said it was unclear how close they might get. The letter also calls for political prisoners to be freed.

Lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, known for his colourful and often raucous protests, said he planned to try to get into a banquet at Hu’s hotel later to protest.

Chinese troops killed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people on the night of June 3-4, 1989, when they advanced into central Beijing to forcibly clear student-led pro-democracy protesters from Tiananmen Square.

The government maintains force was necessary to quell a “counter-revolutionary rebellion”.

Earlier on Saturday, Hu met with former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa, who was strongly criticised for his weak governance.

Hu also donned a green “Mao suit” and inspected army troops stationed in the city of nearly seven million people.

In public comments Hu has been bullish about Hong Kong’s future, though at a Friday dinner hosted by its Chief Executive Donald Tsang he urged the city’s leaders to heed the public more.

“(I) hope everybody can faithfully fulfil a principle of governance that places the people first,” Hu told guests.

‘GET CLOSE TO HEARTS’

“Get close to the people’s hearts, understand public opinion, and strive to provide a high-quality service to the people.”

Hu did not mention how the city might reconcile growing calls by the public and a vocal pro-democracy camp in the city’s legislature for direct elections.

Hong Kong’s post-handover constitution says universal suffrage is the ultimate goal, but is vague on a timetable, giving Beijing scope to dictate the pace of reform. Beijing’s parliament has ruled out direct elections until at least 2012.

Amnesty International said in a Friday report that public fears of a significant deterioration in human rights in Hong Kong after the 1997 handover “have not been borne out”.

However, it added, “the authorities have missed several key opportunities to take concrete steps to enhance protection of the basic human rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong over the last 10 years.”

Elsewhere, members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, banned on the mainland and branded an “evil cult”, staged a sit-in protest in front of the Chinese central government’s offices in Hong Kong.

The group says more than 140 members from Taiwan were blocked from entering Hong Kong in recent days. Hong Kong’s immigration department has declined to comment directly, but said it had the right to decide who enters the territory.

Hu dispensed with suit and tie on Friday, meeting families in their homes and presenting them with gifts. He even played an impromptu game of table tennis with a 13-year-old boy.

On Saturday night, he planned to attend a pop gala and a bell ringing ceremony to mark the minute Britain returned Hong Kong to China after 156 years as a colony.

At the same time, pro-democracy lawmakers plan to re-enact a protest many staged a decade ago on the balcony of the city’s legislative council building, calling for universal suffrage.

On Sunday, Hu will swear in Hong Kong leader Tsang and his cabinet to a new five-year term.

Pro-democracy legislators and other activists plan an annual protest march on Sunday and a Hong Kong pollster predicted up to 60,000 people could turn out, the South China Morning Post reported. Hu will likely be gone by then.

(Additional reporting by John Ruwitch)

– original report from  Reuters: Protesters to try to reach Hu on visit to Hong Kong

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Report from Journalist Group Criticizes Press Freedoms in China

Posted by Author on February 3, 2007


By JOSEPH KAHN, New York Time, February 3, 2007-

BEIJING, Feb. 2 — A leading media watchdog group on Friday accused President Hu Jintao of China of seeking to bring the media to heel and instigating an expanding crackdown on the press despite China’s pledge to enhance media freedoms before the 2008 Olympics, which are to be held in Beijing.

Reporters Without Borders, based in Paris, said in its annual report on press freedoms that conditions for the news media and for journalists had deteriorated in China.

“The press is being forced into self-censorship, the Internet is filtered, and the foreign media very closely watched,” the group said in the report, which was released Friday.

It continued, “Faced with burgeoning social unrest and journalists who are becoming much less compliant, the authorities, directed by President Hu Jintao, have been bringing the media to heel in the name of a ‘harmonious society.’ ”

The group cited the five-year sentence given to a Hong Kong reporter, Ching Cheong, and a three-year sentence for Zhao Yan, a researcher in the Beijing bureau of The New York Times, among other efforts to intimidate journalists.

“In both cases they were convicted after shoddy trials with no defense witnesses,” the group said.

In total, the group estimated that 31 journalists were serving jail terms in China and that the authorities had convicted 52 more people for posting political views on the Internet.

Other reporters have faced physical attacks by hired thugs associated with the local authorities or powerful business interests, and the police often fail to investigate the assaults, the group said.

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original report from New york Times

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China Investment in Africa Are No Longer Welcome

Posted by Author on February 2, 2007


Jonathan Clayton in Chambishi, Times Online, UK, February 03, 2007-

President Hu cancelled one of the showpieces of his African tour yesterday after warnings of anti-Chinese protests. Mr Hu had been due to launch a new $200 million smelter at one of Zambia’s largest, and Chinese-run, copper mines.

He will stay away amid concerns that the visit, instead of underlining China’s financial commitment to Africa, would highlight complaints about low pay and working conditions.

Nowhere are such tensions more apparent than in the long swaying grass of the African savannah that almost covers the semi-circle of graves outside the Chambishi copper mine. Few visitors come these days. The relatives of the buried, mostly migrant workers, have moved on, too busy trying to scratch out a future to mourn the past.

But the 46 Zambian miners killed two years ago are far from forgotten. Workers arriving for the early morning shift cast uneasy glances at the makeshift graveyard outside the heavily guarded wrought-iron gates. For many, those graves have come to symbolise the price of China’s growing involvement with Africa “Nothing is coming back . . . we were hoping for much more, improvements in the local infrastructure, housing, but there is nothing,” said Harrison Simama, the town’s newly elected Member of Parliament.

Chambishi — little more than a sprawling township of lean-to shacks made of cardboard, wood and hammered-out tin cans — lies in the heart of Zambia’s copper belt. Despite the riches beneath its soil it has known little but poverty since copper was discovered in the 19th century. Many people thought that would change when China, with a supposedly non-colonial attitude, bought the mine in 1998 after years of mismanagement by the Zambian state copper concern.

With world copper prices low, no Western investor would touch the loss-making mine. Even though copper prices have trebled little has changed. Outside the mine’s perimeter fence there is no evidence of any building work.

Consequently, today it is difficult to find any local with a good word to say about the Government’s new “Asian friends”. A new smelter is under construction by a Chinese company rather than local contractors. “They are bad payers. They bring in their own people to do the jobs. If our leaders were not so corrupt they would not be selling our birthrights to them” said Moses, a digger in his mid-30s.

A mysterious explosion at the mine two years ago brought simmering tensions in to the open. Last Junesix workers were shot dead during demonstrations over delayed wages. The issue dominated December’s elections, which the Government won with a much-reduced majority amid allegations of fraud.

Guy Scott, the deputy leader of the Patriotic Front opposition party, told The Times: “The Chinese are no longer welcome. They are seen as cheats and our Government as crooks for allowing them to get away with it.”

Such criticisms are now common across the continent. Beijing has also found its new allies come with a price. President Hu was in Sudan yesterday, urging his main foreign supplier of oil to take a more conciliatory stand over UN demands for a peacekeeping force in Darfur, although not making his aid conditional on progress, as urged by Western critics who accuse Sudan of genocide.

It is clear, however, that China’s economic needs — which have already helped its trade with Africa to increase fourfold in a decade to about $55 billion (£29 billion) — are set to triumph over any diplomatic niceties.

Debased metal

64% of Zambia’s exports are metals

48% of China’s African copper imports come from Zambia

63% per cent of China base metal imports from Zambia

21,000 parts per million lead contamination found in mining city of Kabwe

400 ppm considered safe

409,000 tonnes of copper mined in 2004

$600m invested by China in Zambian hydroelectric plant

Source: South African Development Community, WTO, CIA

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original report from  Times Online

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Life and Death Battle for Power Inside Communist China

Posted by Author on January 28, 2007


By Lee Ming, The Epoch Times, Jan 28, 2007-

With just 8 months until the Seventeenth Party’s Congress, the power struggle inside the Chinese communist regime has developed into a life and death battle between the two factions led by Hu Jintao and former leader Jiang Zemin.

Targeting one another’s factions to weaken and dismantle the other’s power is not a simple game of battleships.

Recently, the “Shanghai faction,” led by former regime head Jiang Zemin, encountered a series of setbacks led by Hu:

Standing Political Bureau Member Looses Position

First, Shanghai Party Chief Chen Liangyu was sacked, then Standing Member of the Political Bureau, Huang Ju was forced to hand over control of the finance sector. Huang did not show up at the recent National Financial Working Meeting. His power had already been handed over to Premier Wen Jiabao, while the chief in Huang Ju’s Office, Wang Wei, was also sacked, and put under house arrest to “confess his problem.” Wang was once deputy secretary-general of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee.

According to the Hong Kong Economic Times, the regime stated, “because of Huang’s chronic health problems, he could no longer continue to work. Since he had officially stopped working he handed over his power of the finance sector.”

Usually, people at the regime’s top level never hand over power; unless it is to people they themselves have chosen. Huang lost his power not because of his health; it is the end of his political career and clearly shows that his “boss,” former leader Jiang Zemin, could no longer protect him.

Next Target: Jiang Mianheng

Not long ago, Hu mentioned Chen Liangyu’s case during his speech at the Seventh Plenary Meeting of the Central Discipline Committee. Soon after that, the secretary-general of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee Fan Deguan was put under “investigation;” Fan was Chen’s close assistant, and he is currently the highest ranking official to have fallen in Shanghai because of the social security fund embezzlement case after Chen’s arrest.

It shows that Hu had the intention to clean up Jiang Zemin’s “Shanghai Faction” using the social security fund embezzlement investigation as the catalyst.

Hu’s target is still aiming higher and closer to Jiang Jemin. Currently, negative news regarding Jiang Zemin’s eldest son Jiang Minaheng began to show up on China’s internet. People in Shanghai are being encouraged to report any questionable activities involving Jiang Mianheng. And once again, Shanghai tycoon Zhou Zhengyi, who has close ties with Jiang’s faction, was also arrested.

According to an Open Magazine report, the Central Discipline Committee has already obtained direct evidence of land embezzlement activities involving Jiang Zemin’s two sons.

Chinese rights lawyer Zheng Enchong, who has been devoted for the past several years to exposing Zhou Zhengyi’s involvement in the land embezzlement case, also published articles on the Internet indicating that people have provided him with a trove of information regarding Jiang Zemin’s two sons’ land embezzlement activities.

Hu’s Greatest Challenge—the Military

According to Open Magazine, Hu already has sufficient political assets deployed in the Seventeenth Party’s Congress to retain his power. Last year, Hu managed to put his people in the No.1 leadership positions in 14 provincial and municipal levels. Hu will also have sufficient control to make decisions for another 17 provincial and municipal levels before June 2007.

Despite all this success, Hu has only limited control over the military, where Jiang still has the most influence.

According to The Trend magazine (November 2006), Hu nearly died in an attempted assassination when he secretly visited a navy base in Qingdao, Shangdong Province in May 2006.

It has been difficult to verify the report, but circumstantial evidence continues to surface supporting the speculation; such as Hu’s removal of almost all officials in Qingdao, sacking Deputy Navy General Commander Wang Shouye, and releasing Jiang’s deadly enemy Chen Xitong from jail. China issue experts also believe the unsuccessful assassination triggered Hu to strike out at Chen Liangyu, which revealed the deepening factional war between Hu and Jiang Zemin.

On January 1, 2007, Hong Kong Mingpao News also disclosed that both the Commander and Political Commissioner for the Beijing Garrison Military District were changed in late 2006. According to China Affair editor Wu Fan, this was done by Hu to prevent a coup.

Hu also issued five documents between the end of November and mid-December 2006, stressing his party’s absolute leadership over the army, according to Chengming Magazine’s January 2007 issue.

However, Hu is often challenged by the military. The Chinese military’s sudden satellite destruction test raised wide international concerns, and the slow response from the regime’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs showed that Hu is still not in the decision making loop.

From the nuclear threat by major general Zhu Chenghu in 2005 to the recent satellite destruction test, the military continues using patriotism as an excuse to damage Hu’s international image, which is one of advocating a peaceful China. Jiang wants to show Hu that “the military is not in your hand.”

Sooner or later, there will be a decisive battle between Hu and Jiang, and judging from the current situation, it’s not far away.

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original report from The Epoch Times

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China’s Communists Seek to ‘Purify’ The Net

Posted by Author on January 27, 2007


zdnet.co.uk, 25 Jan 2007-

Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Jintao has vowed to “purify” the internet, state media reported on Wednesday, describing a top-level meeting that discussed ways to master the country’s sprawling, unruly online population.

Hu made the comments as the ruling party’s Politburo — its 24-member leading council — was studying China’s internet, which claimed 137 million registered users at the end of 2006.

Hu, a strait-laced communist with little sympathy for cultural relaxation, did not directly mention censorship.

But he made it clear that the Communist Party was looking to ensure it keeps control of China’s internet users, often more interested in salacious pictures, bloodthirsty games and political scandal than Marxist lessons.

The party had to “strengthen administration and development of our country’s internet culture,” Hu told the meeting on Tuesday, according to the Xinhua news agency.

“[We must] maintain the initiative in opinion on the internet and raise the level of guidance online,” he said. “We must promote civilised running and use of the internet and purify the internet environment.”

In 2006, China’s internet users grew by 26 million, or 23.4 percent, year over year, to reach 10.5 percent of the total population, the China Internet Network Information Centre said on Tuesday.

The vast majority of those users have no access to overseas Chinese websites offering uncensored opinion and news critical of the ruling party. But even in heavily monitored China, news of official misdeeds and dissident opinion has been able to travel through online bulletin boards and blogs.

Hu told officials to intensify control even as they seek to release the internet’s economic potential. “Ensure that one hand grasps development while one hand grasps administration,” he said. ( – Reuters)

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original report from zdnet.co.uk

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Speech: The Single Most Important Thing About China

Posted by Author on January 15, 2007


from The Single Most Important Thing You Need To Know About China, A speech by Don Feder to The Awakening Conference, January 7, 2007 — The Cloister. Sea Island, Georgia

By Don Feder, Human Events, DC, USA, 01-11-07-

(Extract)

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But neither China’s booming economy nor its alarming military growth is the root of the problem. In any discussion of China, the place to start is with an understanding of the reality of political power on the Mainland.

The People’s Republic of China remains what it was at its inception in 1949, at the end of the civil war — a ruthless, totalitarian state. As the name implies, a totalitarian regime attempts to exert near- absolute control over the lives of its subjects.

China is controlled by the Communist Party. Ostensibly, political power resides in the 3,000-member National People’s Congress. But the Congress is a rubber stamp. In reality, power is exercised by a 9-member standing committee of the CCP politburo. In other words, 9 individuals decide the fate of 1.2 billion people.

The New York Times — never known for hard-line foreign-policy positions — says of China’s current leader, Hu Jintao, that he “governs sternly and secretly, almost never grants interviews, and has overseen an unrelenting crackdown on journalists, lawyers, and religious leaders who defy one-party rule.”

  • In its latest report, Freedom House observes, “The Chinese government continued to restrict political rights and repress critics of the regime in 2005. Restrictions on communications became more severe.” Also, Freedom House notes, “The Chinese state closely monitors political activity and uses vaguely worded national security regulations to justify detainment or imprisonment of those who are politically active without party approval.”
  • In 2003, Amnesty International reported that in Chinese prisons, “Torture and ill treatment remained widespread … . Common methods included kicking, beating, electric shocks, suspension by the arms, shackling in painful positions, and sleep and food deprivation. Women in detention were vulnerable to rape and sexual abuse.”
  • In China, there are over 1,000 “re-education-through-labor” camps scattered about the country.
  • There are credible reports of organ harvesting from executed prisoners.
  • In the People’s Republic, no fewer than 65 offenses carry the death penalty.
  • China’s one-child-per-family policy has led to forced abortions, infanticide and a booming sex industry.
  • Former CIA Director James Woolsey describes China as “the worst of the worst” dictatorships.

The communist regime has a morbid fear of opposition to its authority and the independent institutions from which such opposition could arise.

In China, all media are state-owned. There are no independent labor unions. The judiciary is a handmaiden of the regime. In politically sensitive cases, verdicts are directed by the Party. Religions not controlled by the regime are harassed or suppressed — witness the home-church movement and the Falun Gong.

Beijing regularly blocks websites it deems subversive. In 2005, the government shut down over a quarter of the nation’s 573,755 websites.

The same mentality that sent tanks rolling over demonstrators in Tiananmen Square 18 years ago (killing more than 3,000) continues to guide policy toward dissent.

According to Beijing, there were over 87,000 incidents which it terms “public order disturbances” in 2005, up 6.6% from the previous year. These range from scuffles with police to mass protests over land confiscation.

  • In a demonstration last July, in a suburb of Hangzhou, riot police used electric batons to break-up a crowd of 3,000 Christians protesting the demolition of a home church.
  • Last January, as many as 10,000 riot police were deployed in the village of Panlong in Guagdong province to counter a protest over the confiscation of land for a factory. At least 60 villagers were wounded and a 13-year-old girl was killed.
  • In December, 2005 as many as 30 were killed in the village of Donzhou, when security forces fired into a crowd protesting the decision to locate a coal-fired power plant in their midst.
  • In China, you can go to jail for taking part in a demonstration, for applying for a permit to hold a demonstration, for reporting on a demonstration, for posting information about a demonstration on the Internet and — if you’re an attorney — for representing someone arrested at a demonstration.
  • Last year, a former garment worker at a plant in Shandong province was sentenced to 5 years in prison for trying to collect wages owed to him by a bankrupt state company. You can imagine the punishment for those who really get out of line.

Now, multiply all of this by hundreds of thousands and you begin to have an idea of the status of human rights in the People Republic.

The shimmering skyscrapers of Shanghai, the Western hotels in Beijing and the myriad products rolling off Chinese assembly lines to eventually find their way into American homes often obscure this grim reality.

In 1949, political power was seized with a gun. (Was it not Mao who said power comes from the barrel of a gun?) In China today, political power is literally maintained at gun-point.

America has a government. Britain has a government. Taiwan has a government. China has a regime. The only difference between the Chinese Communist Party and the Mafia is that the former is more successful at what it does, while the latter lacks an ideological rationale for its crimes.

Ergo, totalitarianism must be the starting point in any discussion of China. This is so because totalitarian regimes are inherently unstable. Totalitarian regimes are paranoid. Totalitarian regimes are expansionist. And totalitarian regimes require external enemies. (Extract)

( Look at the whole speech here; About Don Feder )

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China Hu Urged to Cede Presidency to Rival

Posted by Author on January 11, 2007


By Benjamin Kang Lim, Reuters, Wed Jan 10, 2007-

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese leader Hu Jintao has been urged to cede the presidency to a rival-turned-ally, sources said, a step that would sweep aside two decades of established practice and let him focus on extending Communist Party power.

Political allies of Vice President Zeng Qinghong have urged that he be promoted to state president at parliament’s annual session in 2008, the sources with close ties to the top leadership said, requesting anonymity to avoid repercussions for speaking to foreign media.

It was by no means certain the proposal would be adopted, but the debate is a sign that jockeying among leaders of the world’s fourth-bigggest economy has begun in earnest ahead of the 17th Communist Party Congress due some time between September and November this year.

“There are voices in the Party that it is no longer necessary for one person to hold all three positions,” one source told Reuters, referring to the presidency and the top Party and military jobs — all currently held by Hu.  ( more details from  Reuters’ report )

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Hu puts rival in key China Congress role: sources

Posted by Author on October 10, 2006


By Benjamin Kang Lim, Reuters, October 10, 2006-

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Hu Jintao has named his chief political rival to lay the groundwork for next year’s crucial Communist Party Congress in another sign of his growing confidence, sources with ties to the leadership said.

Vice President Zeng Qinghong, fifth in the Communist Party hierarchy but wielding considerably more clout than his ranking suggests, is to head day-to-day preparations for the 17th Party Congress, the two independent sources told Reuters.

“Hu reserves the right to have the final say,” one source added.

Zeng was chief lieutenant to Hu’s influential predecessor, Jiang Zemin, and when Hu took Jiang’s job, Zeng stepped into the vacant vice presidential slot.

Jiang is officially retired but like many past leaders still wields some power behind the scenes. Analysts believe Zeng has been waiting in the wings should Hu falter or his health fail.

His choice for this influential role is an indication that Hu, who is also party chief, is confident enough to enlist Zeng despite their simmering rivalry, said the sources, who requested anonymity fearing possible repercussions.

“Hu and Zeng fight each other but at the same time make deals,” one source said. (more from Washington Post report about this story )

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